Students Urged to be Agents of Change

first_imgStudents Urged to be Agents of Change EducationAugust 27, 2013Written by: Elaine Hartman Reckord Advertisements Story HighlightsUTech students challenged to become agents of changeDr. Coombs highlighted the importance of “values and attitudes”He pointed to the absence of “bible-based” values and attitudes in the society FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedSchool Year Off to Smooth Start in Region Fourcenter_img RelatedNCTVET Transfers ISO Certification to Local Body Acting Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Michael Coombs, has challenged new and returning students of the University of Technology (UTech) to become agents of change, by helping to promote good values and attitudes in the society.Dr. Coombs made the call while addressing a church service held recently at the institution’s Papine campus in St. Andrew, as part of the 2013/14 orientation programme.He stated that as the next generationof professionals, the students are “strategically placed to be agents of change under God, to recreate a nation with these desperately needed values and attitudes. I can assure you that this is the only hope for personal and national transformation.”Dr. Coombs told the students that they could not be considered to be adequately educated until they appreciate the importance of and have “acquired these values and attitudes.”He pointed to the absence of “bible-based” values and attitudes in the society, which, he said have resulted in many social problems.“We now face as a nation (where there are), poor interpersonal relationships in every sphere, a lack of respect for authority, crime and violence, and a breakdown of the building block of nations,” he said.Dr. Coombs urged the students to take a stand for the righteousness of God. “The same God we pray to in our National Anthem here in Jamaica, without this God, there can be no transformation,” he argued.He reminded the students, also, to spend quality time with God and to pray, noting that prayer was the only way to know and experience God. “The blessings that will result will be worth your while,” he stated. RelatedEducation Ministry/Spanish Jamaica Foundation Bring Spanish to Local TVlast_img read more

Is the buyer’s market over? Slow listings growth could give sellers the upper hand

first_imgThe shift can be attributed to a strong economy and lower mortgage rates (Credit: iStock)The tide is turning in favor of U.S. homesellers, who are set to benefit from a slowing in new listings coming to the market.Last month, U.S. homesellers added 40,000 new listings to the market last month, an increase of only 2.8 percent year over year, according to Mansion Global.While it brings an end to an oversupply of housing stock that came online in 2018 and the first half of 2019, the slow in listings provides homesellers an advantage, with less options for homebuyers.The shift can be attributed to a strong economy and lower mortgage rates. Last month, the median asking price for a home reached its highest point for the year, at $316,000.It follows a growing trend of declines in major housing markets across the country. In February, home sales dipped 4.2 percent in 54 metro areas, while inventory grew 5.8 percent compared to the previous month, according to a survey by residential brokerage RE/MAX.Some signs of a slowing housing market emerged earlier this year. One study released in March found that median home prices are unaffordable in 75 percent of U.S. counties. [Mansion Global] – David Jeans This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more