News reports from Ukiah, California; Australia, Jamaica, Southern Adventist University, the United Kingdom and New York City.

The Ukiah Daily Journal reported that Adventist Health Ukiah Valley opened its new Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit and rooftop helipad on Thursday, Oct. 25.
“After many years of dedicated hard work by so many individuals I am so proud that today we are able to open the doors of our world class emergency department and intensive care unit. This would not have been possible without the generous support of so many of our own staff, physicians and community members. We are excited to have a facility that’s worthy of the care our team provides,” said David Weis, AHUV operations executive. The new ED IS 4,700-square foot and has 19 private treatment rooms including rooms for special types of care such as assessment and triage, psychiatric care, gynecological care, negative pressure rooms and two trauma rooms.

Weet-Bix, a very popular breakfast cereal in Australia, celebrated 90 years of existence on Sunday, 28 October. To commemorate the anniversary, Sanitarium released a collection of Weet-Bix birthday boxes featuring 58 of current popular Australian names. Weet-Bix is the best known product of The Sanitarium Health and Wellbeing Company, two sister food companies (Australian Health and Nutrition Association Ltd and New Zealand Health Association Ltd) that are owned by the Adventist Church. All Sanitarium products are plant derived and vegetarian.

The Jamaica Gleaner reports that the Adventist Church in Jamaica is one of the denominations that is not experiencing what the newspaper describes as a “scourge of squatting” on the properties of various denominations. Squatting has been a challenge especially on Anglican properties which tend to be larger than those owned by the Adventist denomination in the country. Nigel Coke, spokesperson for the Adventist Church in Jamaica, told The Sunday Gleaner that the denomination did not know of any squatting on its properties.

According to the Chattanoogan.com, Southern Adventist University is hosting SooBeen Lee, a world-renowned violinist, on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. in the school’s Ackerman Auditorium. The 17-year-old has already played as a soloist with every major Korean orchestra and has played for dignitaries worldwide. Tickets cost $5. Call 423-236-2814 for ticket information.

On October 31, the BBC ran a feature on its website telling the story of British victims of the Waco Branch Davidian tragedy that resulted in the death of 72 people in Waco, Texas, twenty-five years ago. The feature talks about how cult leader David Koresh recruited Adventists from denominationally-owned Newbold College as well as several other locations around the country. Koresh was a self-styled prophet who claimed he was the new Christ. Thirty of those that died in his Waco compound were British and were in their 20s and 30s. During the FBI’s attempt to free those in the compound, a fireball erupted leading to the deaths of the 72.

This Sunday, November 4, double amputee, Adriele Silva from Team ADRA Connections is running in the New York City Marathon. She is attempting to raise $10K to build a new school for the children in the highlands of Peru. To support Adriele, go to ADRA.org/teamADRAcnx and follow ADRA Connections for live updates.

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