In Japan, 10th APACT Conference fights Asia’s tobacco epidemic

Adventist secretary-general brings church's temperance legacy to organization Aug 29, 2013 Silver Spring, Maryland, United States ANN staff Public health advocates in the Asia-Pacific region want tobacco excluded from the products covered by a proposed regional free trade agreement. The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement would otherwise undermine international efforts to curb cigarette companies’ advertising, the Asia Pacific Association for the Control of Tobacco (APACT) said in a statement August 20.  APACT Secretary-General Kyoichi Miyazaki, center, at the organization’s 10th conference in Tokyo last week. Miyazaki, an Adventist, is continuing the church’s anti-tobacco legacy through his work with APACT.

European Court OKs display of crucifixes in Italian classrooms

A March 18 decision by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has affirmed the right of Italy's public schools to display crucifixes in classrooms, overturning a 2009 ruling calling for their removal.

ADRA board to weigh staff change effects

An April 6, 2011 board of directors meeting for the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in Silver Spring, Maryland, will consider the recent moves by agency leaders to cut costs by laying off 17 employees. "Confronted by a decline in current and projected revenue from public sources, the ADRA International administrative committee has decided to reduce the workforce at its international headquarters by 20 percent and has undertaken corporate wide restructuring," ADRA International President Rudi Maier wrote in a March 3 announcement that was subsequently removed from the aid agency's website. News of the changes has elicited questions among many of the group's constituents
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