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Adventist Interconnections: Nigerian Court Rejects Adventist Attempt to Change Saturday Voting, Testing

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Nigerian High Court Rejects Adventist Attempt to Change Voting and Testing on Saturdays

Several news agencies, including Sahara Reporters, have reported on the Federal High Court in Nigeria dismissing a suit by the Seventh-day Adventist Church that sought to prohibit conducting elections and examinations on Saturdays. “‘The court described the claim filed against the Nigerian government as ‘frivolous, vexatious, bothersome, and unjustified.’

“The church stated that Saturday is its Sabbath day of worship and that the conduct of elections and tests on Saturdays are a terrible violation of its members’ fundamental rights. The plaintiff [had] requested that the Court prohibit the Federal Government of Nigeria from conducting future elections and examinations on the Sabbath in order to prevent disruption of their right to worship. However, in his decision on Wednesday, Justice Kolawole Omotosho ruled that the church’s fundamental rights were not at large and could not be limited by government policies. Furthermore, the Judge ruled that the Seventh–day Adventist Church is a minority in Nigeria and cannot impose its ideology on the majority of other Christian faiths in the country.

Sahara Reporters

Sanitarium New Zealand Plans to Cut Almost 50 Jobs

Seventh-day Adventist Church-owned food company Sanitarium New Zealand will slash forty-nine jobs as it streamlines its product range, The Press reports. Sanitarium “planned to stop producing a range of popular New Zealand breakfast cereals by June 2025,” in response to consumer preferences.

“Sanitarium New Zealand general manager Michael Barton said the breakfast market was changing, and the company needed to align its production with consumer demand.

Research showed that more than 20% of New Zealanders consumed something other than the traditional flaked cereal in the morning, and it was mainly a hot drink, or a portable liquid breakfast, he said.

“Our sales for muesli, granola, clusters, Light ‘n’ Tasty and puffed cereals represent just 10% of sales and have been declining steadily over several years.” The granola, muesli, puff and flake cereal production lines, which Sanitarium started producing in the 1940s, would require a $28 million building and plant upgrade to sustain production, he said.

“That was not viable given changing consumer preferences and declining sales for that type of cereal, and had led to a proposal to phase out some familiar brands.”

Under the proposal, production of Sanitarium Muesli, Granola, Light ‘n’ Tasty, Honey Puffs, Weeties, Weet-Bix Clusters, Cluster Crisp and Puffed Wheat would cease by the middle of next year.

“Barton said that if the proposal went ahead, it would mean the loss of 49 roles across manufacturing, logistics, and head office over the next 15 months. . .  Sanitarium [plans to] streamline its product ranges to focus on growing its iconic Weet-Bix, Weet-Bix Bites and UP&GO brands. Popular products Skippy Cornflakes, Ricies, Weet-Bix and Marmite would continue to be made at the company’s Auckland factory.”

The Press

Vega-Links Inspire New Vegetarian Hot Dog Choices

Oscar Mayer and Impossible Foods are both releasing new vegetarian hotdogs. According to VegNews, Worthington’s original Veja-Links helped pave the way for these new products.

“Thanks to Worthington Foods (which now has evolved into Morningstar Farms), vegetarian hot dogs first hit the shelves in 1949, some research suggests. Founded by Seventh-day Adventist George Harding III in 1939, Worthington Foods was one of the first brands in the U.S. to offer plant-based meat choices. Its first product, the meat-free Choplet Burger, was introduced in 1945, and then four years later came Soyloin Steaks and Meatless Wieners (otherwise known as veggie dogs which were renamed Veja-Links in 1954).

Earlier this year, Oscar Mayer announced it was entering the vegan hot dog category via a partnership with The Kraft Heinz Not Company (a joint initiative between Oscar Mayer’s parent company Kraft Heinz and the Chilean food-tech brand The Not Company). The U.S. meat giant was founded in the 1880s and has long been known for its hot dogs (in 2023, [making] $89 million in hot dog sales alone), but up until now, they have always been made with animal meat.

“Impossible Foods launched its own take on one of the first-ever plant-based meat products with the launch of the Hot Dog. According to the popular vegan brand, its new vegan hot dogs have twice the amount of protein than their animal-based counterpart and 50-percent less saturated fat. They also contain zero cholesterol.

VegNews

NYC Adventist Congregation Offers Free ‘Skills Day’ Event

Adventists in New York City provided free classes to the community, Queens News reports.

“The Queens Faith Temple Seventh-day Adventist Church practices what it preaches, and to help both its members and the general community with practical skills, it host[ed] a free Skills Day event on Sunday, March 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Attendees [had] the opportunity to learn plumbing; carpentry; construction and roofing; extermination; gardening; CPR and first aid; financial planning; social media and technology; and dressmaking, sewing and crocheting.”

“Also [they had] the chance to better understand what a mortgage is, receive career counseling, get help with resume writing, obtain skills on how to start a small business, and learn about social services.

“Waitline Williams, the director of family and health ministries at the church,” organized the event. ‘I wanted to ensure people have survival skills basically,’ Williams said. ‘We  also [had] a food pantry at that time as well.’ The event [was] a prelude to a health fair the church will host on May 5, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.”

Queens News

ADRA Helps Fund Small Canadian Nonprofit

Nunatsiaq News reports that a group of residents in Apex, Quebec,”received $8,000 from the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), a humanitarian agency of the Seventh-day Adventist Church that works with communities across Canada and around the world to end extreme poverty and deliver emergency relief.”  

“‘When we started, there was a need in the community to introduce not necessarily a food bank but an emergency food box to families in need,’ said co-ordinator Patience Sibanda. ‘We live in Apex and have our own Facebook group called Apex Emergency Food Bank outside of the Iqaluit Public Service Announcements pages.’

“It’s a small group of people who are involved, ranging from a few to a half dozen or so depending on the day. Sibanda said the effort started March 2 after Apex residents began posting on Facebook that they were in need of food but had difficulty getting to the food bank in Iqaluit.

“Sibanda said group members heard stories of taxi cab drivers not wanting to go to Apex to pick up calls. So, she said, they took action, starting the food bank that is based at her house. ‘In the first week, we delivered seven boxes to seven homes and a total of 53 people that signed up,’ she said.

“Sibanda said, ‘We ask volunteers in Apex to package the emergency food.’ Sibanda said demand for the group’s services is growing beyond Apex, but for right now, it’s only serving the one area of Iqaluit. [Still] with that demand has come an overwhelming amount of support.”

Nunatsiaq News

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