Study Shows Alcohol Ads Contribute to Teen Drinking
esults of a new study of 15- to 26-year-olds recently reported in the Baptist Press (BP) indicate that alcohol advertising contributes to increased drinking among youth.

The study, which was released in the January edition of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, found that the more advertisements youth saw, the more they drank. "With each additional advertisement viewed, the number of drinks consumed increased by 1 percent," reported BP. "They also discovered that youth in markets with greater alcohol advertising expenditures drank more-each additional dollar spent per capita raised the number of drinks consumed by 3 percent."

Calling the study "the strongest piece of evidence yet" of the significant influence alcohol advertisements have on youth, David H. Jernigan, research director of Georgetown University's Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth, added that the findings "call into question the industry's argument that its roughly $1.8 billion in measured media expenditures per year have no impact on underaged drinking.-AR.

CYPRUS: New Leaders Appointed to the Middle East Church 
During its annual year-end meetings held in December 2005 in Nicosia, Cyprus, the Trans-European Division elected a new administrative team for the Adventist Church in the Middle East region. Kjell Aune, who has been serving as president of the Adventist Church in Egypt, is now president of the Middle East Union (MEU), headquartered in Cyprus.

Conrad Vine, who most recently served as the pastor of two large churches in London, England, was elected secretary-treasurer. At age 33, Vine is the youngest person to be elected to that position.

The Adventist Church in the Middle East has nearly 15,000 members living in the 14 countries.

--MEU Communication Department/ANN/AR.

Adventist Church Celebrates the Life of Former India President
Former India president Kocheril Raman Narayanan (right) greets John Wycliffe of GC Secretariat (left) and GC president Jan Paulsen, (back/left) when they visited him in New Delhi in November 2001.
The Sligo Adventist Church in suburban Washington, D.C., recently hosted a global community celebration of the life of Kocheril Raman Narayanan, president of India from July 1997 to July 2002, who died in New Delhi, India, on November 9, 2005. Narayanan was the first Indian ambassador to visit the Adventist Church’s world headquarters; he attended a luncheon in 1984 at the invitation of then world church president Neal C. Wilson. In 2001, General Conference (GC) president Jan Paulsen and Southern Asia Division president D. Ron Watts returned the courtesy by visiting Narayanan at his official residence, Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Dehli.

In a message read at the memorial service to Nayanan’s wife and daughters, Paulsen wrote, “We wish you peace as you grieve for your loved one and look back on his life and the contributions he made to his country.”

Among the dignitaries and luminaries present at the memorial service were the current Indian ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Ronen Sen; Indian photojournalist Rajan Devadas; Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour M. Hersh; and former GC president Neal C. Wilson.                                          --AR.

Adventist Hospital Receives Codman Award
THE STAFF: Adventist Healthcare president and CEO William Robertson (right) stands with Shady Grove Adventist Hospital president Deborah Yancer (next to Robertson) and other hospital administrators.
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) has named Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, Maryland, a 2005 winner of the ninth annual Ernest A. Codman Award. This award recognizes excellence in the use of process and outcomes measurement by health-care organizations to achieve improvements in the quality and safety of health care.

“I want to express my appreciation to President Deborah Yancer for her leadership and the entire Shady Grove Adventist Hospital staff for the success they have achieved through their committed efforts,” said William G. Robertson, president and CEO of Adventist HealthCare.

“I believe this is the first time that an Adventist hospital has received such a distinguished award, and I applaud their efforts,” adds Harold L. Lee, chairman of the Adventist HealthCare Board of Trustees.                                               --Columbia Union Communication Department/AR.

NORTH CAROLINA: Former BRI Associate Director Die
Frank Holbrook
Frank Holbrook, a former associate director of the General Conference Biblical Research Institute (BRI) in Silver Spring, Maryland, died on Sunday, December 18, in Hendersonville, North Carolina. He was 77.

Holbrook began working for the church in 1950, and joined the staff of the BRI in 1981. While with that department, Holbrook edited the books that make up the seven-volume Daniel and Revelation Committee Series. He retired on December 31, 1990. 

 “[Holbrook’s] contribution to biblical research has been invaluable, and his influence will be felt for many years to come,” says BRI director Angel M. Rodriquez. Holbrook is survived by his wife, Bonnie, a son, and two daughters.                                                                                                        --Biblical Research Institute/AR.

News Notes:
James E. Pederson, secretary of the Northern California Conference, was recently elected president of that conference. He replaces Ricardo B. Graham, who is now secretary of the Pacific Union Conference.

Thomas Evans, treasurer of the Mid-America Union Conference, has accepted a call to become treasurer of the Southern Union Conference, replacing Richard P. Center, who is retiring.
--From the Desk of Don Schneider/AR.

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