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NEWS HEADLINES: Sanitarium Can Keep Making Weet-Bix Tax Free*

Weet-Bix Maker Enjoys Continuing Tax Exemption. The Adventist-owned New Zealand company Sanitarium, maker of Weet-Bix and Marmite, remains exempt from taxes on its business earnings despite a recent government reevaluation of charities.  *Sanitarium maintains its operations meet the charitable expectations required by the Charities Act and pays all other required taxes. From The New Zealand Herald, "Sanitarium safe from charity crackdown."

News Headlines: 'Coming Out' Comes to Bermuda

'Coming Out' Comes to Bermuda. Southampton Seventh-day Adventist Church in Bermuda hosted a service featuring three members of the Coming Out Ministries: Mike Carducci, Wayne Blakely, and Danielle Harrison.  The three say that they no longer practice a homosexual lifestyle, having been healed.  They see homosexuality as a choice.  The event, attended by hundreds, was disapproved by the Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda, a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer rights organization.

News Headlines: Ted Wilson Will Inaugurate Major Infrastructure Projects in Rwanda

GC President to Inaugurate Infrastructure Projects in Rwanda. Ted Wilson, President of the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist church, will travel to Rwanda in February to dedicate several projects there: the nine-story Rwandan Seventh-day Adventist headquarters building and the new Adventist University of Central Africa Science and Technology-Gishushu Campus.  He will also attend the groundbreaking for another construction project, the Adventist Regional Medical School in Masoro, Gasabo District.

News Headlines: Pastor Relieved of Role While in Jail for Sexual Battery

Pastor Relieved of Pastoral Role While in Jail for Alleged Sexual Battery. Seventh-day Adventist pastor Michael Wayne Hill has been removed as the pastor of churches in Chanute and Thayer, Kansas because of his arrest in Florida State for alleged sexual battery. Conference President Ron Carlson said Hill was removed because he could not carry out his pastoral responsibilities in prison. From The Chanute Tribune, "Hill removed as pastor of Seventh Day Adventist."

Headlines: Ben Carson's Vetting Continues With Mannatech Revelations

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News Headlines: Carolina Conference VP Blesses Veggie Meat Factory

Ice Bucket Challenge Pales in Comparison. Union College students, religion major in Douglas Barahona and math/religion education major Seth Moturi, survived the Polar Challenge on December 8 near the Aitkin Seventh-day Adventist Church in Alaska.  Barahona and Moturi, who were part of a four-student team with Campus Ministries, had planned to help with the Aitkin church service, and in the evening, join some members playing volleyball. However, they were surprised to be challenged to a Polar Plunge.

Headlines: Avocados Help Curb Cravings

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Korea Will Pay Adventist School to Teach Korean. Whispering Pines Seventh-day Adventist School in Long Island is adopting Korean as an Elective Foreign Language Subject Project, offered by the South Korean government. 

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