3 Things You Need to Know
19 June 2020 Heard On-Air
#1 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest to go on without spectators
The organizers of the annual Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest in New York’s Coney Island said this year’s event will go on as planned, but in a private location with no fans. Nathan’s and The two 10-minute contests, one for men and one for women, will each only have five participants instead of the traditional 15 to abide by social distancing guidelines. Workers will wear masks and gloves during the event, and the competitors will all be tested for coronavirus before being allowed to compete. Last year the male winner ate 71 hot dogs, the female winner 31.
#2 Johns Hopkins is Offering Free Online Course in Psychological First Aid
As the world becomes more and more attentive to the importance of mental health, researchers are offering up an invaluable resource on how to give “psychological first aid” to a distressed person—and it is available for free. Johns Hopkins University is responsible for publishing a free online college course for conducting “Psychological First Aid” on people with depression, anxiety, or emotional distress. Since it was released on Coursera (Core-sarah), thousands of people from around the world have completed the course with more than 200,000 students currently enrolled. Not only that, but it has also become one of the most popular classes offered on Coursera.org.
#3 Church Giving Has Rebounded despite COVID-19, New Survey Finds
A new survey from the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability shows that tithes and donations to most evangelical churches and ministries have stayed steady or grown despite stay-at-home orders across the nation. According to Christianity Today, in April, giving equaled or surpassed April 2019 giving levels at 66 percent of churches and 59 percent of nonprofits, Also, more than 60% of churches and Christian nonprofits in the survey said their April donations met or surpassed January’s level. The new survey shows giving has rebounding despite the pandemic.