Although Greer Gardner and Juliet Spies-Gans won’t move into Lowell House until next year, the two Harvard College freshmen have already done their new campus home proud. Gardner and Spies-Gans gave up a gorgeous spring afternoon to join other rising Lowellians at the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) on April 20, where they helped fill boxes with beans, pasta, coffee, and other goods for delivery to pantries that feed hungry families in eastern Massachusetts.“A couple hours out of our lives will help hundreds of families feel a little better, a little safer in the world,” said Spies-Gans. “It was also a lot of fun getting to know some of the Lowellians that I had never met before and becoming better friends with those that I did know. I don’t know many things that could have been better uses of that time.”Gardner, Spies-Gans, and dozens of their classmates are connecting with each other, their new House, and their community this spring through Harvard College Serves (HCS). Launched this year by the College Events Board, HCS joins incoming freshmen with House public service student representatives and public service tutors for volunteer projects at area nonprofits. Gene Corbin, assistant dean of student life for public service, said that the program aims to further the ethos of service at Harvard College.“Many undergraduates volunteer regularly through the Phillips Brooks House Association’s programs or efforts supported by the office of the Public Service Network,” Corbin explained. “Our hope is that Harvard College Serves will get some students who aren’t currently involved to learn something about needs in Boston and Cambridge as well. It’s a way of saying to all students that service is something the school really values.”In the weeks since Housing Day, College students have filled backpacks with clothes, school supplies, and toys at Cradles to Crayons in Brighton; painted and landscaped at the Graham and Parks Elementary School in Cambridge; and helped clean up at the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter. Rising sophomores affiliated with all of Harvard’s Houses have pitched in.Winta Haile ’12, the public service student representative for Lowell House, coordinated the volunteer effort at the Greater Boston Food Bank. She said that Harvard College Serves provides an opportunity for House leaders to welcome and build relationships with incoming residents through the shared experience of public service.“The program plants the idea that service is something you can enjoy and something you can do regularly,” Haile said. “I think it cultivates a new group of people who can join the service ranks so that we can get more people helping more people. It also integrates new people into the House. I like all the people that I met today, and I had a really good time with them.”At the GBFB, Lowellians stood with teams from Boston University and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt along a stainless steel conveyor belt. Each volunteer staffed a station that corresponded to a type of food or good submitted by an area market or retailer: canned tuna, coffee, salad dressings and condiments, health and beauty products, for example. The volunteers grabbed items off the belt as they passed by, discarding damaged or open packages. They packed the good foodstuffs in boxes, and handed off the boxes to other volunteers for weighing and quality control.“It was a lot of boxes and bottles,” said Haile, whose station at one point threatened to become a scene from “I Love Lucy.” “I think there was a certain method that I figured out after a couple of tries.”When the shift was over, the crew adjourned to the break room for snacks and some information about the impact of their efforts. Amy Cooper-Ayles, director of the GBFB’s volunteer programs, told the team that they salvaged more than 2 tons of food for Boston-area pantries in only two hours. As a result, Cooper-Ayles said, 3,350 hungry people would get a meal.“The number one group of people we feed is children,” she said. “After that it’s seniors and the homeless. Last year we fed 545,000 people in the Boston area with help from volunteers like you.”Gardner, who hails from Dallas, said that she regularly makes time for service because “it’s important to appreciate the resources we have and give back to the Boston community.”“My experience serving at the food bank was fantastic,” she said. “I was sorting through the tomato products, and had a great time bonding with my future housemates.It’s amazing what a large impact a few volunteers can have.”Spies-Gans said that the event gave her a better understanding of the problem of hunger in the Boston area, and a chance to do something about it. She pointed out that it was also nice to think that the experience of service would be the basis of the relationships she made with her soon-to-be housemates.“It was great being able to literally feel the difference that we made as we handled the various foods and supplies,” she said. “I feel like I can walk up to any of my fellow workers now and start a real, feeling conversation. That is something I didn’t have with many of those people before.”
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&lt;p&gt; What has been announced for the last year and what is only logical and natural, at least when we talk about creating tourist products and branding in tourism, is the merging and synergy of tourist destinations into one brand.This is a project that the leader of the Imotski Tourist Board Luka Kolovrat has been trying to implement for some time, so that, in this way, the tourist offer in Imotski Krajina is unified, and thus more easily accessible to many tourists, who in recent years are increasingly discovering natural beauties of Imotski region.Thus, with the founding assembly and the solemn signing of the agreement between the nine local self-government units, a decision was made to close the former Imotski Tourist Board and establish the tourist board of the area. “Property”, otherwise the first in the Split-Dalmatia County. “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.CNTB Director Staničić emphasized that encouraging the association of tourist boards is one of the main goals of the new Law on Tourist Boards and the Promotion of Croatian Tourism. “Today, Croatia needs well-profiled tourist destinations that manage quality tourist visits, tourist experience and tourist product using unique strategic resources throughout the year, on the continent as well as on the coast. I am sure that the tourist board of the Imotski area will achieve the above with its work and activities, and that it will be an excellent example of good practice and an incentive for others to follow the path of association and connection, economy and efficiency.”, said Staničić, adding that the positive effects of the association will be visible in the segment of promotion and management of the destination and its resources.The session adopted the proposal of the Work Program of TZP Imota for 2018, which defines all activities that lead to the affirmation of the area, enriching the offer with new content, creating better conditions for tourists and active promotion of the destination. Thus, TZP Imota will contribute to increasing tourist traffic and the number of overnight stays, especially in the pre-season and post-season, creating new tourist facilities, promoting the area as a tourist destination of quality and diverse products, improving the overall appearance of the tourist destination and other strategically important goals. This year, TZP Imota will focus its financial resources on numerous programs and activities such as continuing the research of the Red Lake, organizing the Imota family day, making bicycle and race tracks, etc.Regions need to be brandedIt is fair to say that it is insane that one island of Brac, I repeat the island, has seven tourist boards that do not yet cooperate with each other, each developing a “tourist destination” nor do we have a common tourist product, and I repeat we are talking about the island of Brac. On the other hand, let’s say the island of Krk, which also has seven tourist boards and another tourist board of the island of Krk, which was created with the aim of branding one island, and not each separately.Personally, I think that Croatia must brand regions, such as Istria, Dalmatia, Slavonia… because it is insane that, say, one Slavonia has five county tourist boards and five different destination developments. What Osijek-Baranja County or Vukovar-Srijem County means to a foreigner, but as one tourist brand and a complete story – Slavonia, absolutely yes. By the way, the process of branding Slavonia as a tourist brand is being worked on, more on that soon.We should look to the examples of Tuscany, Provence or Bavaria, as well as Switzerland and Austria, which are perfectly combined with various tourist products based not on the regions, and not on each tourist destination separately. Tourism is the first that knows no borders, and especially foreign tourists who come to us and are not really interested or feel the invisible borders of cities and counties, tourists are destined for Croatia and then Dalmatia, Istria, Slavonia, etc.…The system of tourist boards should definitely be changed because as it is at the moment it is inefficient, counter productive and ultimately there is no synergy of everyone in the tourist destination. How and in what direction it is for constructive discussion, but it is certainly more than clear how we must turn to development based through the concept of destination management company in accordance with all the trends of the 21st century. By the way, the Ministry of Tourism is currently working on the adoption of a new package of tourist laws and the reorganization of tourist boards, which should be presented to the public soon.Related news: INITIATIVE LAUNCHED TO DECLARE IMOT LAKES UNESCO GEO PARK
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During quarantine, those who are airlifted by the government from China would receive treatment by nurses, lung specialists, psychiatrists and other health officers, as well as quarantined food for their nutritional intake.All port health offices in the country would be equipped with the expertise to process and transfer patients to a hospital should they show symptoms associated with the virus such as fever or coughing, Wiendra added.Meanwhile, ministry spokesperson Widyawati said that those placed under quarantine would be provided with an information booklet to guide them through the process, laying out details such as the kinds of activities they can partake in under observation or the types of food that will be prepared for them. “The minister has tasked us with preparing [the materials],” Widyawati said. “Otherwise the stress can make them turn sick.”Separately, the director of Infectious Diseases Hospital (RSPI) Sulianti Saroso, Muhammad Syahril, said that the hospital already had isolation rooms prepared to receive any patients from Wuhan. “We from Jakarta RSPI have prepared 11 permanent isolation rooms if anyone from Wuhan needs to be treated,” Syahril said. (ami)Topics : While the destination and intended location of quarantine is being kept under wraps, another official confirmed that all those who were stranded would return. “All Indonesians coming from Wuhan will be quarantined,” the ministry’s communicable disease prevention and control director, Wiendra Waworuntu, said on Friday.Wiendra said everyone – not just those from Wuhan and other parts of Hubei – would be screened and observed at the point of entry, including those who had arrived in Jakarta and all other airports in Indonesia.Anyone coming in from China will be given a Health Alert Card (HAC) that they must fill in. The card serves as a docket for passengers who experience fever or coughing 14 days after arrival and officials insist they must be referred to a health facility for examination.She said the ministry was ready to screen and set up quarantine anywhere passengers landed. To welcome Indonesians soon to be airlifted from Wuhan, China, the government is preparing to observe their health in isolation so as to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, which has killed more than 200 people and infected thousands of others.As many as 243 Indonesians previously stranded in China’s Hubei province will be repatriated in the next 24 hours by a team from the Foreign Ministry, with officials noting that other government agencies were also making preparations at the receiving end.The Health Ministry’s head of the emerging infectious diseases subdirectorate, Endang Budi Hastuti, said Friday that Indonesians returning from Wuhan must be quarantined for at least 14 days, which would allow authorities to observe them throughout the virus’ estimated incubation period.
Except for essential services such as pharmacies and gas stations, work will stop in all government and private institutions in Qatif, the statement added.Although the ministry said the lockdown was temporary, it risks fuelling resentment in the flashpoint region whose residents have long accused the Sunni-dominated government of discrimination, a charge Riyadh denies.The government also decided to temporarily suspend “the travel of citizens and residents to the UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Lebanon, Syria, South Korea, Egypt, Italy and Iraq, as well as suspend the entry of those coming from those countries,” SPA reported.”The kingdom also decided to stop air and sea travel between the kingdom and the mentioned countries,” it added. The decision is expected to leave expat workers from those countries as well as Saudi travellers stranded.Saudi Arabia also announced it was closing all public and private universities and schools across the country from Monday until further notice, SPA reported. Pilgrimage suspended Saudi Arabia has blamed arch-rival Iran for its spike in coronavirus cases, while condemning Tehran for allowing its citizens entry without stamping their passports.The Saudi government has reminded its nationals of a standing ban on travel to Iran, as the two countries are locked in a battle for regional supremacy.Iran is home to key shrines and pilgrimage sites for Shiites, who make up between 10 and 15 percent of Saudi Arabia’s population of 32 million.The kingdom has also suspended the “umrah” year-round pilgrimage over fears of the disease spreading to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina in the west.The unprecedented suspension of the umrah has raised uncertainty over the annual hajj pilgrimage, scheduled for the end of July.The pilgrimages, a major source of revenue, could also be a source of contagion and the move mirrors a precautionary approach across the Gulf to cancel mass gatherings — from concerts to sporting events.Bahrain’s Formula 1 Grand Prix scheduled for March 20-22 will be held without spectators, the organisers said Sunday, the latest sporting event to be affected by measures to contain the disease.Saudi Arabia is also grappling with a coronavirus-led slump in oil prices just as it seeks to raise funds to finance Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s ambitious economic transformation plan.Topics : Saudi Arabia on Sunday cordoned off an oil-rich Shiite stronghold, suspended air and sea travel to nine countries and closed schools and universities, in a series of measures to contain the fast-spreading coronavirus.The lockdown on Qatif, an eastern area that is home to around 500,000 people, is the first action of its kind across the Gulf region, which has confirmed more than 230 coronavirus cases — most of them people returning from religious pilgrimages to Shiite-majority Iran.Given the kingdom’s 11 recorded cases of the new coronavirus are from Qatif, “it has been decided to temporarily suspend entry and exit” from the area, the interior ministry said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
Comment Advertisement Kevin Campbell explains why Arsenal need Thomas Partey more than Houssem Aouar Partey has been strongly linked with a move to the Emirates (Picture: Getty Images)Kevin Campbell says Thomas Partey would help solve Arsenal’s defensive deficiencies, unlike Houssem Aouar, but the Gunners hero still wants his former side to sign both midfielders.Mikel Arteta is in the hunt for a central midfielder, with his limited options once again showcased in Monday night’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool, when Granit Xhaka lined up alongside Mohamed Elneny.Partey is a long-term target for the Gunners, and former boss Unai Emery wanted to sign the Ghana international last summer, but the club instead opted to bring in £72million winger Nicolas Pepe. Advertisement Arsenal struggled to creative chances against Liverpool with Xhaka and Elneny (Picture: Getty Images)‘If we secure that midfield defensively and the screen in front of the back four I think we win a lot more games than we lose. ‘But if you add Houssem Aouar, who’s a very good technically gifted player, we still have a problem in the middle of the pitch defensively. ‘For years we’ve been calling out for a Vieira or Gilberto-type guy in there who can do box to box and break things up. More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘If we don’t rectify that issue, it’s still going to remain, we might be a little bit better going forward but we still haven’t rectified that problem at the back and in midfield. ‘I want both but if I had to pick one, it’s Thomas Partey.’MORE: Why Mikel Arteta has held back new Arsenal signings Gabriel and William SalibaMORE: Manchester United respond to rumours they are signing Arsenal star Ainsley Maitland-NilesFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 30 Sep 2020 5:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.9kShares Arsenal also want Aouar (Picture: Getty Images)Atletico Madrid have remained firm in their stance that Partey will not be sold for less than his £45m release clause, despite reports claiming the 27-year-old is keen on a move to north London.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAouar is another midfielder the Gunners want, and they have already had two bids knocked back from Lyon for the playmaker, who is said to be valued at around £46m. Arsenal’s latest bid is believed to have been in the region of £32m, which the French club’s president Jean-Michel Aulas labelled as ‘timid’.Campbell says Partey is the combative, box-to-box midfielder that could finally fill the void left by Invincible Patrick Vieira, and he would prioritise a move for the Atletico star ahead of Aouar, if he had to choose between them.‘Partey all day long,’ Campbell told the Chronicles of a Gooner podcast.
The German automotive group also owns MAN, a rival truck manufacturer to Scania, and has steadily increased its holding in the Swedish firm looking to complete a merger of the two.After its final move to acquire complete control, Scania’s independent committee provided its verdict which rejected any takeover offer valued at SEK200.This led fellow institutional shareholders, Swedish pension provider AMF, which owns around 0.8% of Scania, and asset manager Skandia, to turn down the offer.In a statement, AP4 said it fully backed the committee’s findings.“AP4 is fully aware that there is a risk that the Scania share price may fall in the short term if the offer is withdrawn by Volkswagen.“Our belief is however that the Swedish senior citizens who are the main principals of AP4, in the long term will benefit if Scania remains as an independent listed company.”When it rejected the offer, AMF said that VW’s lack of focus on long-term potential was counter to its mission as a long-term investor.“Our conclusion is based on both external and internal analysis. Particular emphasis has been placed on the independent committee’s recommendation because of their deeper insight in Scania and the company’s business plan,” said Anders Oscarsson, AMF’s head of corporate governance.“We are well aware of the risk of a short-term stock market reaction if the bid as a whole is not accepted, but our view is that the offer of SEK200 do not meet the company’s long-term value.”Skandia echoed these sentiments, suggesting the committee’s conclusion was in line with its own house view.The rejection is an issue in a long line of clashes between VW and Scania’s smaller shareholders.In February, the trio of institutional investors and Swedbank Robur took steps against the German manufacturer after it shut out minority shareholders.The group claimed the VW was using its influence, and 88% voting right, to reduce shareholder rights and take control of the board. Swedish buffer fund AP4 has joined a list of institutional investors rejecting Volkswagen’s offer for truck manufacturer Scania.AP4 said it was following the recommendation of the independent board committee at Scania, which advised investors to reject the SEK200 (€22.30) per share offer, as it did not reflect the long-term fundamental value of the firm.The fund currently owns around 0.65% of the firm, compared to VW’s 62.6% holding.Scania has been embroiled in a controversial battle between VW and its remaining shareholders for some time.
The National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) has repeated its call for the UK government to issue more index-linked Gilts and allow defined benefit (DB) schemes to provide a smoother run-off for members.In a report, ‘DB run off: The demand for inflation-linked assets’, the industry group said UK DB schemes needed higher levels of index-linked issuance to effectively manage risk and the shift to liability-driven investment (LDI) strategies.It said while derivatives, infrastructure and real estate all provided other options for inflation exposure, they were not suitable for all schemes.The paper said, citing data from Towers Watson, that 50% of DB liabilities are hedged currently. However, the NAPF expected demand of additional inflation-linked assets to reach £1trn (€1.2trn).Some 40% of NAPF members said the appetite for index-linked assets was growing.However, increasing demand for index-linked Gilts has pushed up costs for schemes, and lowered real yields.Selected index-linked Gilts, with maturities ranging from eight to 31 years, all provided negative real yields for investors.“Yields on index-linked Gilts have been on a declining trend for the past 20 years, making it more expensive for schemes to purchase them as part of a de-risking strategy,” the NAPF said.“There has been increasing frustration from schemes that, in order to reduce their interest rate and inflation risks, they are effectively ‘forced’ buyers of Gilts with low or negative real yields.”Extra issuance from the government was the only solution to aiding schemes hedge inflation risk in an appropriate manner, it said.Alternative options, such as real estate and infrastructure, are less developed markets and have accessibility issues, with poor liquidity and volatility, making schemes reluctant to invest. However, the Debt Management Office (DMO), the department responsible for the issuance of UK government debt, issued £32.6bn of index-linked Gilts by the first quarter of 2014.Overall, the bonds accounted for 22.9% of the Treasury portfolio, with £326bn issued.Chief executive of the DMO, Robert Stheeman, told IPE that inflation-linked Gilts was a core part of its remit and that, in percentage terms, no other sovereign government issued as much.“This time 10 years ago, we issued less than £10bn in linkers,” he said.“Our supply of inflation-linked Gilts has dramatically increased, as have long-dated ones. We are very happy to issue, as we think it is very good value for money. But we cannot do this exclusively.”The NAPF, alongside its call for greater issuance, said the government and investment industry must also ensure that inflation-linked opportunities outside of Gilts reach their potential.“This will involve packaging these assets in a way that offers an attractive inflation match, improving levels of supply and offering pricing and valuation that is transparent and reliable,” it said.Director of external affairs for the lobby group, Graham Vidler, added: “Unless the supply of assets is addressed, and quickly, the costs of providing member benefits could continue to rise and place even greater pressure on scheme sponsors.“There is no quick-fix solution to the problem.”
It was suggested that that “board members must participate in training in order to meet and maintain the requirements set out in the board’s Knowledge and Understanding Policy and Framework”, the document added.Recently, The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has pushed to drive up pension scheme governance standards within the occupational pensions sector. This has so far resulted in two UK professional trustee accreditation programmes being formed.Separately, the fund, which is part of the Northern LGPS pooling vehicle, has completed its actuarial valuation as at 31 March 2019, using Hymans Robertson as actuary.Furthermore, the document disclosed that a procurement exercise was set to be launched shortly to cover ”existing and future requirements for external property investment management for the Northern LGPS.A 10-year framework covering multiple lots was expected to be set up by Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council on behalf of the pool.IPE could not obtain further information regarding the procurement exercise by the time of publication. Members of the local pensions board for the Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF), which has assets worth £23.8bn (€28.3bn), are set to be limited to two consecutive terms of office.Under a plan of recommendation to the administering authority, terms of office are also due to be staggered.According to a fund document, the proposed changes were “to ensure continuity and retention of skills and experience”.The proposal was discussed at a recent local pensions board meeting, with recommendations made in respect of the scheme’s terms of reference with regards to training.
Russell Island offers some of the most affordable homes in south east Queenland.Despite the population increase, house prices have not moved much in the last decade.He has predicted a price increase, like many people have before, as more and more people move to the island.“All these things happen with population growth,” he said.He pointed to a small island 32kms north of Sydney’s CBD called Scotland Island where the median house sale price is $862,500 as an example of why he thought Russell Island was undervalued. “And Scotland Island is even more secluded,” he said. ISLAND HOME: Jeremy Staples ditched the Brisbane rental market for a home of his own on Russell Island, and he has not regrets. Pic Mark Cranitch.IT IS by the water, you can easily commute to Brisbane and the Gold Coast, and with family homes selling for around 200 grand it is one of the cheapest places in Brisbane.In some cases the weekly repayment to buy a home is cheaper than weekly rents.But there is a catch, you can only get there by ferry.Things are changing on Russell Island with house sales increasing, and a population that is booming.Well, booming by Russell Island standards.The population of the small 8km long island off Redland Bay has jumped to 2836 in 2016 from just 1779 residents in 2006.House sales are increasing, with 136 house sales in the 12 months leading up to March 2018 compared to just 56 sales in the 12 months leading to March 2012.New homes are being added all the time, with 14 homes being built in the last 12 months and 85 currently under construction according to Redland City Council.According to CoreLogic data from March, the median sales price is $190,000, which is actually 2.6 per cent lower than 10 years ago.Currently the median rent is $250 a week for a home, and with a $190,000 home having estimated repayments of about $710 a month, buying can be the cheapest option. Jeremy Staples, 36, is just one of the new arrivals that ditched Brisbane living when he heard about how cheap land was selling for on the island. “I was renting in Kangaroo Point, and I realised I had spent $50,000 to $60,000 on a shoebox that I didn’t even own,” Mr Staples said. He spent $16,000 on an empty 650sq m block, with the goal of building his own house, and to never pay rent again.“It is near a nature reserve so I’m never going to have neighbours,” he said. Jeremy Staples wants his home to be self sustainable.As a freelance worker in the arts sector with an unstable income, he never imagined he would be able to buy his own property when he lived in Brisbane.Living on the island does have its own sacrifices, and as well as the ferry commute (about 15 minutes each way from Redlands) he has two cars so that he can drive around the island as well as mainland. LAID BACK: Hundreds have moved to the island in recent years.But with cafes, restaurants, services and even a supermarket on the island, he found the occasional frustration well worth it for the affordable living. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoAnother recent arrival, Nicole Edwards, bought a home on the island for $220,000 two years ago with her husband when they were lured from Canberra by the cheap prices. “In Canberra we were looking at $400,000 just for a flat.”Another downside was the attitude people on the mainland had towards people that live on the island.She said that one downside to island living was mainlanders’ negative attitude to people living on the island.After she had trouble finding a job on the mainland, she found that prospective employers were more positive when she took any reference to living on Russell Island off her CV.LJ Hooker Bay Islands real estate agent Alistair Taylor said this attitude was common, and was a hang-up from the dodgy land dealings from decades past when small allotments were sold to investors that expected to earn quick returns. “People always say ‘that place is terrible’ then I ask ‘well have you actually been to Russell Island?’ and they say no,” Mr Taylor said. Aged 31, he is one of the younger residents on the island, which in 2016 had a median age of 55 – 18 years higher than the national median.“The vast majority of people on the island are retirees,” he said. Many residents work on the Gold Coast and Brisbane and commute by ferry.A Sydneysider, he moved to the island five year ago when he got tired of paying $500 a week in rent for flat.“My Mum told me about Russell Island and how you can still buy blocks of land for 15 grand, and I thought there had to be something wrong with the place,” Mr Taylor said.He had noticed a change in demographics in the last few years, as more and more people around his age ditch the mainland for the island.While the laid back quality of life was a selling point, the vast majority of people his age were moving for one reason – good quality homes that are cheaper to buy than rent.“With the difference between the island now and five years ago it is like comparing two different places” he said. Even though it lacked a bridge to the mainland, islanders do get cheap car rego for cars that are used exclusively on the island, and now with the ferry system connected to the GoCard network travel was more affordable.