Tags: Jeopardy, jeopardy tournament, SCC, sophomore class council The Sophomore Class Council (SCC) is hosting a three-day Jeopardy tournament this week, and so far sophomore class president Jake Grefenstette said the competition has been tough.“We were really impressed by the competitors’ knowledge of ridiculous facts during the first round,” Grefenstette said.Sophomore Brittany Sanok, a member of the SCC education committee, said the SCC decided the host the event because of the committee’s dedication to fostering academic involvement on campus.“Two of SCC’s most important goals are to engage students in Notre Dame’s academic and artistic culture and to foster conversation between students and professors,” Sanok said. “As a team, SCC and the education committee decided to host a Jeopardy tournament because it is a fun event that stimulates the mind and showcases some of the amazing intellectual talent of Notre Dame students.” Michael Yu | The Observer Students compete in the three-day Jeopardy! event, hosted by the Sophomore Class Council. Three of the participants have advanced to the finals, to be held Wednesday.Sanok said the semi-finals took place Tuesday, and the final rounds would take place Wednesday.“We had a preliminary exam on March 5 and over 100 students showed up to take the exam,” Sanok said. “Our plan was to take one person from each dorm [however, three dorms did not send representatives] and we had three wild card spots.“So, [Monday] for our first round of matches we had 30 contestants, [Tuesday in the semi-finals] we [had] nine contestants and on Wednesday [the finals] we will have three contestants.”The finalists are senior Brendan Moran of Duncan Hall, junior Rose Doerfler of Cavanaugh Hall and junior Michael Temple of Sorin College.Sanok said she expects a greater turnout in the audience for the finals than the other two rounds. She said she is excited to witness the climax of the competition and see all of the SCC’s hard work come to fruition.Doerfler said there were many hard questions in the semi-finals Tuesday, and there is an element of luck in getting every question correct.“I didn’t know the names of old rock and roll band members, but I knew the facts about the Hoover Dam,” Doerfler said. “It’s a challenge because you never know what’s going to come up.“In the first round, we had a lot of geography questions, and in the semifinals, there wasn’t any geography, but a whole category about James Bond actors.”Moran said he thinks the finals will be a highly contested match-up against one another.“I’m hoping for really obscure categories, because I think it would be fun,” Moran said. “I also want to do a true Daily Double. We’ll see if I get the chance. All in all, I’m looking forward to it.”Banok said sophomore Kyle Witzigman played a crucial role in the event’s success. (Editor’s note: Witzigman writes for the News section of The Observer).“The real mastermind behind the whole event is Kyle Witzigman. He has dedicated an enormous amount of time and effort to this event and it would not be even close to possible without his expert guidance and meticulous agendas,” Sanok said.Grefenstette said the SCC has overall been impressed with the number of people that have attended the tournament and already considers the tournament a success.“An enormous amount of people signed up online for prelims, and we had some crowds during last night’s round,” Grefenstette said. “Some supporters even showed up with decorated signs.”Temple said he originally signed up for the event because he had been a daily Jeopardy watcher since he was a little kid, making it all the more fun to be a contestantGrefenstette, who will moderate the finals , said he looks forward to fulfilling his duties.“[The tournament] has been really fun to watch. I’ve been asking around for an Alex Trebek costume, but with no luck,” Grefenstette said.
The Hall Presidents Council (HPC) awarded the overall “Hall of the Year” title to McGlinn Hall during the Notre Dame Student Leadership Awards Banquet in Duncan Student Center on Tuesday. Duncan Hall and Welsh Family Hall were named Men’s and Women’s Hall of the Year, respectively. Outgoing co-chairs of HPC seniors Joe Trzaska and Brendan Watts said encouraging community between dorms contributes to a better experience for Notre Dame students.“We try and foster collaboration and communication between the halls because we think the halls are stronger together than on their own,” Trzaska said. Charlotte Edmonds | The Observer Representatives from hall government of McGlinn Hall, Duncan Hall and Welsh Family Hall gather at the awards banquet Tuesday. McGlinn Hall won Hall of the Year, while Duncan and Welsh Family Hall won Men and Women’s Hall of the Year, respectively.Editor’s note: Evelyn Stein, third from left, is the Viewpoint Editor of The Observer.Trazka said HPC tried to promote this inter-hall partnership in many ways, but considered getting more students GreeNDot trained their greatest success.“Each hall has its own goals, we try to facilitate their reaching of those goals,” he said. “Our goals as chairs of the Hall Presidents Council were more meta-goals about the function of the council — like trying to improve collaboration and communication between the halls — but we did also aim to really boost those GreeNDot critical mass numbers, which [we] were happy that so many halls were so successful in doing.”Watts said Hall of the Year scores are based on four categories — Rocknes, final hall presentation, HPC’s visit to the dorm’s hall council and GreeNDot participation. “Rocknes are our monthly slideshow, videos [and] presentations of the events that went on in the hall that month in addition to a description of the events — a description of the challenges that they faced and goals for the upcoming months,” Watts said. “So each hall fills these out each month and the scores on those Rocknes comprise 50% of the Hall of the Year score. Another 40% comes from their final presentation at the end of the year. Each hall gives a 15-minute final presentation to the executive board and various other members of the student union essentially outlining how they improved throughout the year and accomplished the goals they set out at the beginning of the year. So that’s 40% of the score. Another 5% comes from the hall council visit. Each member of the executive board goes in to multiple hall councils to kind of evaluate how presidents and vice presidents were engaging their dorm communities through the hall councils. And the final 5%, which we instituted this year, was from GreeNDot participation.”Junior Clare Pierret, McGlinn Hall’s vice president, said the dorm community’s support of their rector, Sr. Mary Lynch, in light of her cancer diagnosis, was one of hall’s most transformative moments this year.“I think one of our most important things that we did was our entire community kind of came around, came together to support Sr. Mary when she was diagnosed with colon cancer over the summer … different people that usually don’t get involved in our dorm started to get involved. We kind of realized this is an entire community of women who are interested and excited and want to participate and want to lend a hand in creating a better community, not only in McGlinn but also in all of Notre Dame.”Pierret said the dorm’s focus on sustainability as well as welcoming all residents of the dorm — regardless of participation record — also contributed to the win.“We also did a lot with our sustainability, and we were the first group on campus to do Terracycling, which was a big initiative for us, and our sustainability commissioner was really excited when we went through with that,’ she said. “We also really tried to focus on trying to make every McGlinn resident feel like they were welcome even if they didn’t want to participate in our events. So we kind of tried to do small little things that reminded everybody that in McGlinn, everyone is welcome, everyone is loved and even though they might not participate in everything — all the events we do — we still obviously appreciate them and care for them.”Duncan Hall president junior Kyle Tomshack said he was excited for the hall to be recognized.“I think it’s definitely gratifying and Duncan Hall is ecstatic to get it,” he said. “Our main goal for the whole year was to serve the community and try to build that community in any way we can, and we’re happy that our efforts in doing that were recognized.”Tomshack said towards the end of the year, the Duncan community started to realize Hall of the Year was a possibility and worked towards earning the title.“We knew that we definitely had a shot, because we really had a push at the end of the year,” Tomshack said. “We knew that we had gotten the percent for GreeNDot, which was huge for us. We made a really big push at the end of the year for it … we knew we had some pretty good scores for Rocknes and we thought we gave a really good Hall of the Year presentation, helped out with some great testimonials from some of our residents here.” Welsh Family Hall president junior Abby Smith said one of the priorities of the hall government was to engage residents of the dorm who are not as involved with the hall community.“We really tried at the beginning of the year to focus on building the identity and the community and belonging within every girl in Welsh Fam, so that’s something that we focused on as a hall government and I think for us, it really means that we set goals that were not only accomplishable, but very meaningful to our hall too,” she said. “So we saw that reflected in the events we put on, but also people showing interest in the hall community and really getting … that 7% of people that don’t necessarily always go to events, really trying to reach out to them and making sure that they feel comfortable and welcome in the community.”Smith said even though winning Hall of the Year wasn’t a priority for the hall, the dorm is still excited and proud to have received the award.“It wasn’t a complete shocker, but we were excited to win for sure. I think it’s something that it wasn’t necessarily a goal of ours at the beginning,” she said. “I think our main goal was really to do something to help the residents, but as the year progressed, we saw that we were inching closer and closer to being a qualified candidate and being one of the top candidates for that award, so that was exciting for us to know that we had actually made it to that stage.”Watts said despite the fact these three halls stood out, every dorm at Notre Dame contributed to building community this past year. “They were many deserving halls this year, these three stood out amongst their peers as exemplary at building and fostering community, overcoming challenges within their halls and greatly improving upon past years within their halls,” Watts said. “And again, each and every hall and hall president has a lot to be proud of.” Tags: Duncan Hall, Hall of the year, McGlinn Hall, Welsh Family Hall
By Taciana Moury/Diálogo December 13, 2017 Devemos apoiar muito estas oportunidades para aprender sobre nossas forÃ§as aÃ©reas respetivas! Obrigada ao Tenente Coronel brasileiro que fez muito para criar este programa de intercÃ¢mbio. Que sejam muitos anos mais!!! ParabÃ©ns Taciana!! Excelente matÃ©ria!! Adorei saber que estamos progredindo e melhorando nossa formaÃ§Ã£o!! Pois o caminho do sucesso sempre passa pela educaÃ§Ã£o e nada melhor do que aprender com quem tem sucesso!! Excelente a matÃ©ria Taciana!!! Fez-nos conhecer muito bem os aspectos positivos desse programa. Three cadets of the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) attend the Brazilian Air Force Academy (AFA) since early August 2017. Cadets Pablo Steven Vespasiano, Maxwell Richard Heefner, and Aleigh Morgan Maclean are pioneers of an exchange between the two countries meant to improve foreign language skills and increase interoperability among air forces. They will stay in Brazil through December, the end of AFA’s academic year. For five months, the American students joined AFA daily routine in Pirassununga, in the state of São Paulo, attending courses such as Aerodynamics, Economics, Leadership, Personnel Management, and Military History, as well as activities related to military doctrine. The students were selected among cadets who studied Portuguese. “To participate in the exchange, you need to speak the language well, and you have to have good grades and be in good physical condition,” Cadet Vespasiano said. The American students chose Brazil for the opportunity to learn how another air force operates. “Portugal was also an option, but it was at a civilian school. I wanted to have a different kind of military experience, learning the doctrine and routine of Brazilian cadets,” Cadet Heefner explained. At USAFA, Brazilian Air Force (FAB, per its Portuguese acronym) Lieutenant Colonel Saint-Clair Lima da Silva—an instructor at the academy’s departments of Foreign Languages and Political Sciences—prepared cadets from early January to early July 2017. “We had a one-hour class several times a week to talk about AFA and Brazil’s lifestyle,” Cadet Heefner said. Brazilian music, videos on Brazil on the internet, and films served as sources of information for the students. “I would watch children’s movies dubbed in Portuguese. Since I already knew the plot, it was easier to understand,” Cadet Mclean said. Adaptating to Brazil The first weeks at AFA were an adjustment period for the U.S. cadets. They attended classes in Brazilian culture, Brazilian history, FAB history, military routine, and the grading method for subjects taught at the academy. “Although they were juniors in the United States, they came in as seniors here. They stayed in separate quarters with Brazilian roommates to facilitate adjustment to the language,” said FAB Captain Marcelo da Silva dos Santos, instructor at the Fenrir Squadron that received the cadets. “The first days, I didn’t understand anything anyone was saying. The accent here is very different from my Brazilian professor’s back at USAFA,” Cadet Vespasiano said. “It was daunting at first. We had a lot of activities, and we didn’t understand Portuguese very well,” Cadet Maclean said. According to Capt. Silva Santos, this initial difficulty with the language was expected. “No matter how much someone might study a language, when they come to live in the place, there’s a colloquial vocabulary they have to adapt to. But their roommates helped them through the process,” he said. Capt. Silva Santos noted the U.S. cadets’ personal qualities and their willingness to be involved in school activities. “In all activities, they demonstrated satisfactory performance, especially in the physical area,” he said. The cadets quickly adapted to AFA’s military doctrine, he added. AFA versus USAFA The cadets felt the differences between the two academies in the early days. “Here at AFA, sports are mandatory, and the military aspect is very demanding,” Cadet Heefner said. For him, the classes at USAFA are more participatory. “Students ask more questions. We also have more laboratory sessions and research projects,” he said. “In the summer, we do exercises such as camping and survival at sea or in the jungle. But, here at AFA, those training events are woven into the academics,” Cadet Vespasiano said. For him, some subjects have a different depth. “Here in Brazil, Aerodynamics is aimed at training pilots, with a focus on aviation. At USAFA, it’s more complex, geared toward the engineering field,” he explained. AFA currently offers courses in Aviator Officer Training, Logistics Officer Training, and Infantry Officer Training, all of which are four-year programs. Aviators begin pilot training in their sophomore year and learn to fly the T-25 Universal with 34 graded missions, logging close to 36 flight hours in a year. Aviation cadets return to flying in their senior year, logging 75 hours over 64 missions aboard the T-27 Tucano. First, they must complete three standard and emergency procedures missions in a flight simulator. Lt. Col. Saint-Clair explained that USAFA strongly emphasizes prior reading, analysis, and classroom debates, which entails a heavy study load. On the other hand, air exercises are mainly meant to motivate cadets to fly. The course consists of about 20 hours of classroom instruction and nearly 13 flight hours, spread among 10 takeoffs and landings, ending with a solo flight. “Hardly anyone fails the course, and cadets practice takeoffs, landings, approximations, stalls (loss of lift), abnormal attitudes, and simulated glitches,” he explained. Once they pass the training, selected officers who chose aviation must undergo an “initial flight screening” for 40 days in Pueblo, Colorado. Advantages of the exchange The exchange with USAFA, said Capt. Silva Santos, is very positive for AFA. “It’s an opportunity to better understand the training of the most important air force in the world, which is at the forefront of doctrinal and technological development,” he said. For Lt. Col. Saint-Clair, the chance to be exposed to different perspectives on military and academic officer training is a big advantage. The U.S. cadets also noted the benefits of their experience. “Today, I can understand how the Brazilian chain of command functions and what its training objectives are,” Cadet Heefner said, adding that he will miss the food and excursions. “I got to see several regions of Brazil, such as Rio de Janeiro, Foz do Iguaçu, Salvador, and Minas Gerais, the country’s historical region.” Cadet Vespasiano was surprised by the people’s graciousness and the country’s natural beauty. As for Cadet Maclean, lessons learned during survival training at sea stood out. “It was hard being in the waves for 48 hours. But I found it interesting to see how officers served right alongside cadets and their subordinates during the exercise,” she said. The Brazilian cadets took the opportunity to practice their English and gain new knowledge from their foreign colleagues. “They have a very different view with regard to warfare. They need to be ready for real-world situations, as they’re from a country involved in some conflicts,” said FAB Cadet Mariana Dutra. Brazilian cadets at USAFA Brazilian cadets studying at USAFA strictly follow the routine of the cadets at the academy and are subject to the same restrictions and privileges, just like the U.S. cadets at AFA. They study five subjects chosen according to their training programs—Aviation, Logistics, or Infantry—that contribute to their training as Air Force officers, such as asymmetric warfare and leadership development, among others. According to Lt. Col. Saint-Clair, the Brazilian cadets adjusted quite well to the routine at USAFA. “Today, our cadets are among the best students in their subject of study. For example, Aviation Cadet Christian Eloysio Silva scored the highest grade average of the more than 1,000 cadets at USAFA who take the Air Power and Military Profession course,” he said. Logistics Cadet Michelle de Mattos also scored well, earning the third highest grade in the Production, Operations, and Supply Chain Management course. Aviation Cadet Diego Bertolo and Infantry Cadet Felipe Cazuza came in first place in sports competitions held within USAFA. Lt. Col. Saint-Clair highlighted the privilege for Brazilian cadets to study for six months at one of the best educational institutions in the United States. “This climate of excellence in teaching is learned and taken back to Brazil, allowing for critical evaluation of our own officer training paradigms and methods,” he said. “The potential to forge bonds with U.S. cadets surely will bear fruit in a few years when these young cadets lead their air forces,” he concluded.
Esper spoke to reporters Monday after a letter from a U.S. Army general circulated that seemed to suggest a withdrawal had been ordered in response to a vote by the Iraqi Parliament over the weekend. WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper says the United States has made “no decision” about withdrawing troops from Iraq amid heightened tensions with neighboring Iran. Esper says, “There’s been no decision whatsoever to leave Iraq.”
Side dish: IMOTSKA KRAJINA TOURISM DEVELOPMENT ACTION PLAN This strategy will serve as the basic regulatory framework for coordinating and managing the activities of various economic entities, public sector institutions and all other stakeholders directly or indirectly involved in the development and raising the quality of the overall tourism product in this area by 2025. In this sense, taking into account not only the need for enhanced commercialization of available natural heritage, while ensuring its long-term sustainable use, but also permanent preservation of tangible and intangible cultural heritage, optimal use of available development space and strengthening the potential of this area for sustainable and green development. tourism, the most important goal of this document is certainly to continuously increase the level of well-being and quality of life of all residents of Imotski Krajina. Thus, the tourism workers of Imotski Krajina made two important decisions and received two important documents as the first prerequisites for strategic development, at least on paper, and now it is up to tourism workers and destinations to follow the direction defined and implement everything in the next six years. . Photo: TZ Imota The financing of the Strategy was in the ratio of 40% by the CNTB, 40% by the Ministry of Tourism, and 20% by the foreign Tourist Board of Imotski. Of course this is only the first step and a lot of work is needed, in fact the real work is just beginning and will never end because branding a tourist destination and development is a process that always lasts and never ends. But the most important thing is to know who we are, what we want and where we want to get, and that is exactly defined by the strategy. “The Imotski region is a historical and geographical fact, a geographical fact, which is fragmented and divided through various historical bureaucratic and administrative decrees. This project of formal connection and association of the city of Imotski and municipalities from the area of Imotski Krajina, seeks to bridge these administrative boundaries, in order to facilitate the achievement of goals in the tourism sector”Said Luka Kolovrat, director of TZO Imota during the merger. According to the e-visitor system, in 2018 Imotska Krajina recorded 9.917 arrivals with 73.830 overnight stays. This is an increase of 22,6% in arrivals, or 27% in overnight stays compared to 2017 when we had 8.089 arrivals and 57.950 overnight stays. Most arrivals and overnight stays were realized in Imotski (4.497 arrivals and 22.946 overnight stays), followed by the municipalities of Podbablje (1.924 arrivals and 18.852 overnight stays), Zagvozd (1.255 – 10.294), Proložac (726 – 7.236), Zmijavci (752 – 6.992), Cista Provo (364 – 3.484), Lovreć (166 – 1.778), Runovići (143 – 1.326) and Lokvičići (72 – 922). ESTATE KRAJINA TOURIST BOARD ESTABLISHED – IMOTA Attached is the Imotski Krajina Tourism Development Action Plan, which you study well, and the entire document of the Imotski Krajina Tourism Development Strategy until 2025 will be published soon. The highest number of overnight stays was recorded by guests from Germany (27.045), followed by Poland (10.534), the United Kingdom (5.073), Croatia (4.324), France (3.858), the Netherlands (2.825), Denmark (2.785), Belgium (2.313), etc. In 2018, the largest growth was achieved from the UK and France A year ago, there was a merger and synergy of tourist destinations into one brand – the tourist community of Imotski Krajina – Imota, and yesterday in Imotski was presented the Tourism Development Strategy of Imotski Krajina until 2025, the implementation of which should provide important prerequisites for better tourism. the entire area of Imotski Krajina with increasing segments of tourist demand. Key objectives will thus include the establishment of a shared vision, goals and concept of tourism development; creating a well-designed, market-recognizable, diversified, but also mutually complementary system of tourist experiences; recognition of a certain number of priority development-investment and / or business-management projects within the competence of both the private and public sectors, ie through; market (re) positioning of the entire project area on the tourism market in the function of strengthening its market recognition and desirability. DALMATIAN ZAGORA PRESENTED ITS TOURIST OFFER TO THE ASSOCIATION OF TOURIST GUIDES IN CHINESE Compared to 2017, the largest increase in arrivals and overnight stays was recorded by guests from the UK (141% growth) and France (112% growth). The development of the Tourism Development Strategy of the Imotski Region is the first major project carried out by the Imotski Tourist Board after it was established in the middle of last year as the largest tourist area in Croatia. The development of the Strategy has been entrusted to the Institute for Tourism, and today the Imota Tourist Board has been included in the small list of local tourist boards that have such a document, Kolovrat points out and adds: “The strategy objectively defined our current shortcomings, weaknesses, threats and opportunities, and the action plan is especially important, which envisages more than thirty projects that should be realized by local self-government units, Imotski Tourist Board, but also private entrepreneurs. With such strategic and long-term thinking and acting in the coming period, we want to avoid improvisations and mistakes and even better position our tourist destination and achieve safe and stable growth.”Concludes Kolovrat. 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I find it humorous that Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to waste more New York state taxpayer money by suing the federal government over the new tax plan. This is nothing more than another expensive Cuomo campaign stunt — his motto is ABC – “Always Be Campaigning.” Cuomo likes to play fast and loose with tax dollars. While he has the state anywhere between $4 billion and $8 billion in the red before the development of next year’s budget, he just spent millions on an executive helicopter to transport him around.He has sent millions to Puerto Rico while taking trips to Cuba and Israel as New York’s infrastructure is failing. While I am all for helping others, none of this spending has been budgeted and adds to the growing deficit. He now wants to take the federal government to court and run up legal bills for nothing.It is interesting that 47 states are OK with the plan, while just New York, New Jersey and California are against the plan because of the massive income and property taxes to which those states subject their residents.The federal plan is no problem in a state like Florida, where there is no state income tax and the property taxes are less than half of what residents of New York pay. There is one simple solution to all of Mr. Cuomo’s angst. How about lowering the taxes in New York? Just a thought — one that he obviously has never had.John MetalloSlingerlandsMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
The Denpasar Immigration Office in Bali is set to deport a Syrian national for holding a mass yoga gathering in Ubud amid public health concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.The Syrian citizen, identified as Barakeh Wissam, was reportedly responsible for organizing an event at the House of Om Community Center on June 18 that was attended by more than 60 people, mostly foreigners.According to the immigration office, Wissam violated a 2020 Health Ministry regulation on large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) as well as a 2020 Bali gubernatorial decree on COVID-19 prevention and mitigation. The latter stipulates that public events are limited to a maximum of 25 participants. Wissam and House of Om gained notoriety when photos of the mass yoga gathering circulated on social media, triggering outcry among netizens who slammed the apparent lack of compliance with prevailing health procedures.Writer Jenny Jusuf shared on her Twitter page a series of images taken from the event, along with a remark criticizing the participants’ alleged disregard for public health in the region.“The number of people [contracting] COVID-19 in Bali continues to increase. Do they even care?” @jennyjusuf wrote in the caption on Saturday.social distancing? ❌masker? ❌kurang dari 20 orang? ❌lokasi? ubud.ada orang indonesia di sana? kalau dari foto2 sih kayaknya nggak.jumlah orang terinfeksi #COVID19 di bali makin meningkat.apakah mereka peduli? ❌cc @BaleBengong @ditjen_imigrasi @imngurahrai @Indounik pic.twitter.com/in2lFaSwgQ— Jenny Jusuf (@JennyJusuf) June 20, 2020In an accompanying thread, Jenny posted a screenshot of a written statement published by the Instagram page @houseofom.bali, in which Wissam called the event a “big mistake”.However, the statement has since been taken down and replaced with an apology. According to House of Om’s official website, Wissam founded the community center in 2016. The community has since grown into an international movement with branches in Bali, Syria and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Topics : Wissam, the founder of House of Om, is in Indonesia under a temporary stay permit (KITAS) valid until Nov. 11, 2021. The immigration office has revoked his KITAS and he is currently being held at the Denpasar Immigration Detention Center.“The mass yoga event did not have permission from the local village,” Denpasar Immigration Office spokesperson Arvin Gumilang said in a statement on Wednesday.Read also: Government won’t open Bali yet: COVID-19 task force“The event violated [Bali’s] COVID-19 health protocol because [the participants] failed to apply physical distancing measures and wear face masks.”
MORE NEWS: Quaint house skyrockets almost $2 million past expectation A Gold Coast couple have sold their Oxenford home at 7 Mendooran Court 40 years after building it.A GOLD Coast couple who were among the first to build in Oxenford when it shifted from farmland to housing have sold their home after 40 years.Bruce and Adele Ramsay reluctantly relinquished their family home on Mendooran Court, which changed hands in an $820,000 deal.They bought the 5035sq m block of land in the estate, which was then referred to as Cades County, in the late 1970s after moving from Mt Isa.Mrs Ramsay said they were visiting her parents who lived on the Gold Coast when her husband suggested moving to the area with their children.“Bruce said to me, ‘we’re nuts living in Mt Isa’,” she said. Bruce and Adele Ramsay were among the first residents in their estate. They bought the land in 1979 and build most of the property themselves.“He said, ‘the children are about to start school, it will be good to get them where (there) is a better education’.”They couldn’t afford a property on the water so looked further inland for a place to settle down.“Oxenford was out in the bush when we built,” she said.“We bought the land in 1979 so we were building this time forty years ago.“There weren’t a lot of houses, I think we were the second house in that area.” MORE NEWS: Sunshine State a land of opportunity Queensland Government records state Oxenford was primarily farmland before its residential development began in the 1980s.Mrs Ramsay said the area looked completely different then as Movie World and Wet’n’Wild were yet to be built.The area was also part of Albert Shire Council before it merged with the Gold Coast council in 1995.The Ramsays built most of the house themselves. It wasn’t until a decade ago that they started a two-stage renovation to bring it up to a more modern standard. The area has changed a lot since the couple moved in. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoA renovation 10 years ago has brought the house up to a more modern standard.Mrs Ramsay said they held fond memories of the property, which made it difficult to leave.“We had lots of family get-togethers because we had lots of space,” she said.“We just loved living there and we miss it.“It was a decision of the mind more than a decision of the heart.“We felt that we wanted to get into somewhere where we don’t have the maintenance.”According to latest CoreLogic data, residents held onto their Oxenford houses for an average of 10 years.Ray White Nerang principal Clint Hynes, who marketed the Ramsay’s home, said it was rare to come across people who had lived in a property so long.“Out of all the properties I’ve ever sold in that part of the world … they’re the longest standing residents,” he said. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:27Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:27 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenWhy Spring 2019 is a good time to sell01:27
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