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  • Nearly half of all abortions each year worldwide are unsafe, study says

    (CNN)Dr. Lisa Haddad remembers the women's faces clearly.

    Since 2008, the obstetrician-gynecologist has been traveling to sub-Saharan Africa. While working in Zambia, she saw gynecologic units in the hospital filled with women admitted with heavy bleeding or life-threatening infections, she said.

    The women often would remain tight-lipped about why they were hemorrhaging, but Haddad said that it was clear to her and the Zambian clinicians what was happening. Some of the women had unsafe abortions and were facing serious complications, she said.

    "This is a public health priority and I don't think it's been placed on that level and given the attention that it needs," said Haddad, associate professor in the department of gynecology and obstetrics at Emory University School of Medicine.

    A new study finds nearly half of all 55.7 million estimated abortions around the world each year between 2010 and 2014 were performed in an unsafe manner, putting women at risk for serious complications.

    The study, published Wednesday in the journal The Lancet, suggests that unsafe abortions are still a major health problem globally, especially in developing countries.

    "These are the first global estimates to show the distribution of the abortions across three safety categories," said Dr. Bela Ganatra, a scientist at the department of reproductive health and research at the World Health Organization and lead author of the study.

    "For the first time, we actually tried to determine the conditions under which abortions take place, how, who, where. This allows us to develop a better understanding of actions needed," she said.

    Based on the WHO definition, an unsafe abortion results from a pregnancy that is terminated either by someone who lacks the necessary medical skills or in an environment that does not conform to minimal medical standards, or both.

    Unsafe abortions can lead to complications, such as heavy bleeding, infection, damage to genitals or internal organs, or an incomplete abortion, such as when all of the pregnancy tissue is not removed from the uterus, according to WHO.

    Complications related to unsafe abortions sometimes can be fatal.

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  • The 2019 U.S. Diversity Visa Lottery Program Registration Begins

     

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Sep 28, 2017:- The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa is pleased to announce that the 2019 Diversity Visa (DV) Program registration will open at 7:00pm locally (GMT +3) on Tuesday October 3, 2017 and will close at 7:00pm locally (GMT +3) on Tuesday November 7, 2017. Ethiopian citizens are among those eligible to participate.

    Each year the United States administers the Diversity Visa Immigrant Program from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. For the 2019 program, 50,000 DVs will be available worldwide and no more than seven percent of the total visas available can go to nationals of any one country. Only electronic applications are accepted. For complete information and to register, applicants must go to dvlottery.state.gov

    U.S. immigration law requires that every DV winner must at least complete a formal course of elementary and secondary education comparable to completion of a 12-year course of study in the United States. In Ethiopia, an ESLCE (12th grade) or Higher Education Entrance Qualification certificate showing at least five passing grades, or a university degree are sufficient. Vocational training in Ethiopia – known as TVET – cannot be considered a substitute for high school education and does not meet the education criteria for DV eligibility. In some cases, applicants may substitute have two years of recent work experience in certain limited fields. Applicants should visit onetonline.org to see if they qualify for a DV based on their work experience.

    The U.S. Embassy encourages applicants to apply on their own although applicants are allowed to have someone else submit on their behalf. No matter who completes the form, the applicant is responsible for ensuring their applications are complete. Entries that are not correct or complete may be disqualified. It is free to register for the program, but each applicant may only submit one entry and multiple entries will result in disqualification. Entrants who submit more than one entry will be disqualified.

    Interested applicants are warned to beware of fraudulent offers to “help” them obtain a Diversity Visa. The selection process is random and there is no way for an outside actor to influence the selection. Similarly, there are no fees related to submitting an entry. The only time applicants will need to pay a fee is if they are selected for an interview.

    The State Department will only notify entrants of their selection and visa interview appointment via the DV Lottery website. The Department will not send selectee notification or appointment letters to successful entrants by regular mail or by email any such communications are fraudulent. Starting May 1, 2018 entrants may enter their DV-2019 entry confirmation number in the Entrant Status Check, available at dvlottery.state.gov, to determine whether their entry was selected. Checking your status multiple times does not increase the likelihood that you will be selected.

    We wish all applicants the best of luck for the 2019 DV Lottery.

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    Remarks by Manav Jain, Deputy Consul General at Press Conference 2019 U.S. Diversity Visa Lottery Program Registration
    Satchmo Center, U.S. Embassy
    Thursday, September 28, 2017
    (As prepared for delivery)
    Important points and cautions that applicants should consider during the Diversity Visa application process,

    Applicants must meet the minimum educational and/or work requirements in order to qualify for a visa. Applicants should read the Diversity Visa Program Instructions carefully to be sure that they have the required educational and work experience to qualify for a visa. The application fee is not refundable. In addition; you may prevent a qualified person’s chance. If you don’t qualify, don’t apply!
    There is NO FEE to enter the Diversity Visa lottery. DV ENTRY IS FREE TO ALL! You do not need to pay an agent to enter the Diversity Visa program. Requests to send money to a third party are fraudulent. Only DV winners will pay fees at the U.S. Embassy at the time of their
    interview. There are no other fees to be paid outside of the Embassy.

    No one can help you get a visa under the DV lottery, it is a random selection. Any offers to help you obtain a visa through this process for money are fraudulent.

    Make sure your DV application is completely correct! Inaccurate information on your application will result in automatic disqualification. Make sure your name, date of birth and all other required information pertaining to you and your family are correctly entered in your original
    dv application. Make sure the photos attached to your application are your photos. If you use an internet café or other service to help you enter the diversity visa program, make sure the information is exactly correct and there are no mistakes.

    You must list all immediate family members (spouse and children under 21) on your application, even if you do not plan to take them with you to the U.S. List all children who are

    For further information, call 011-130-7033 http://ethiopia.usembassy.gov under 21 - even if they do not live with you; even if you do not plan to take them to America.

    Failure to list your spouse and all Children will result in automatic disqualification. If you are not married when you enter the DV program, and your name is selected for an nterview, DO NOT be persuaded to marry a stranger for money so that they can also get a Diversity Visa. This is the most common form of Diversity Visa fraud and it results in both the principal applicant and the spouse being denied visas and banned from entering the US for life. Be smart. Don’t do it!

    Nobody can guarantee you a Diversity Visa. If someone tells you they can guarantee you a DV, they are not telling you the truth. Do not waste your money or your chance to get a Diversity Visa by falling prey to offers from people who say they can guarantee you a visa.
    Do not commit fraud of any kind when entering the DV program. The people who commit fraud will be denied visas and can be permanently barred from traveling to the United States.

    Visas are limited! Not everyone who receives a Congratulations Letter will get an interview and a visa. Winners are given interview dates in the order in which their entries were selected. It is very important that all DV applicants have all their documentation in order when they come in or an interview. If documents are not complete and the applicant has to return later, it can reduce the chances of getting a visa. Once the global quota of number has been issued, there are no more visas under the DV program.

    The DV visa fee is NOT REFUNDABLE. The fee is for processing your application regarding of outcome. Refunds are not granted even if you are denied the visa. If you don’t qualify, don’t apply!

    The DV program requires successful completion of a formal course of elementary and secondary education comparable to completion of a 12-year course in the United States. In Ethiopia, the following are acceptable as proof of education:
     An ESLCE (12th grade) or Higher Education Entrance Qualification certificate showing at least five passing grades (A to D), or
     University degree
    o Technical and Vocational programs (TVET) don’t meet the educational requirements of the DV

    Not all work experience counts towards getting a Diversity Visa. If you do not have the minimum educational requirements to qualify for a DV, it is sometimes possible to use work experience to supplement education. However, qualified work experience requirements are very
    specific and few jobs count toward these requirements. Consult the guide at http://online.onetcenter.org to see if your job experience qualifies.

    Applicants must submit a recent photo taken within the last six months that is compliant with specifications published in the DV-2019 Instructions. Entries that include the same photo submitted with a previous year’s entry or that do not meet specifications will be disqualified.
    The law allows only one entry by or for each person during each registration period. Entrants who submit more than one entry will be disqualified.

    Submission of false documents or false information will automatically disqualify you for a Diversity Visa. Do not risk your chance to go to the United States by submitting fake documents or information. Diversity Visas are limited! Help us limit the chances of this happening to you. If
    you have information about fraudulent activities, Please contact FPMAddis@state.gov. The information you provide will be kept confidential.

    An interview does not guarantee a visa. Do not make travel plans, quit employment, sell belongings or make other irreversible life changes until you have an approved visa in your hands.

    The department again will use web-based tools to notify entrants of their selection and visab interview appointment as part of ongoing efforts to combat fraud perpetrated against dv entrants. The department will not send selectee notification or appointment letters to successful
    entrants by regular mail or by email. starting May 1, 2018 entrants may enter their dv-2019 entry confirmation number into the entrant status check, available at dvlottery.state.gov, Please refer to the dv-2019 instructions at usvisas.state.gov/dv/instructions for complete program
    rules and answers to frequently asked questions from entrants.

    We want you to tell the public that, the department of State will use web-based tools to notify entrants of their selection and visa interview appointment as part of ongoing efforts to combat fraud perpetrated against dv entrants. The department will not send selectee notification or appointment letters to successful entrants by regular mail or by email. Please ignore any selection notification by mail or email, it’s totally fraud.

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  • One In 12 Deaths Globally Could Be Prevented By Exercising 30 Minutes Per Day

    Completing just 30 minutes of exercise five days a week could help you live longer and potentially prevent one in 12 deaths worldwide.

    That’s according to a new global study published in The Lancet journal, which shows physical activity is associated with a lower risk of premature mortality and heart disease.

    The researchers tracked 130,000 people in 17 countries in order to assess the affects of exercise on health.

    Reflecting on the research, experts have said that completing the World Health Organisation’s recommendation of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week could provide a cost-effective way of improving health globally.

    The researchers, from the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, wanted to track the health and fitness of people from different income background, so split participants into different bands.

    The study included participants from three high-income countries (Canada, Sweden, United Arab Emirates), seven upper-middle-income countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Poland, Turkey, Malaysia, South Africa), three lower-
    middle-income countries (China, Colombia, Iran), and four low-income-countries (Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Zimbabwe).

    At the start of the experiment, participants were asked to record their level of physical activity via a questionnaire, including the type of physical activity they do and how often they do it.

    During follow ups that occurred after six and nine years, the researchers recorded rates of mortality among the group, with close analysis of deaths relating to heart disease and stroke.

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  • 4 things to know about Apple’s iOS 11 software update

    SUNNYVALE, Calif. (AP) — Holding off on upgrading your trusty old iPhone? You won’t need a spiffy iPhone 8 in order to get new maps, photos and other features with a free software update Apple began rolling out Tuesday.

    The iOS 11 update brings a variety of enhancements, including a new voice and functionality for the Siri virtual assistant and a new photo format to reduce file sizes.

    Consider waiting a few days in case unexpected problems emerge. The update will work with iPhones and iPads going back a few years, but older models won’t get all the new features.

     

    Once you get iOS 11, here are four things to look for.

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    LOOK AND FEEL

    The Control Center offers easy access to the flashlight and other tools with a swipe up from the bottom. It got separated into multiple pages last year to increase the options available, but the extra swipes got annoying. With iOS 11, it’s back to a single page. The extra options remain available, and Apple now lets you customize further, such as by adding an Apple TV remote or one-touch access to the voice recorder.

    After taking a screenshot, you’ll now see a thumbnail in a corner. Tap on it for the ability to quickly annotate and share it. Need to remember where you parked your car? Just screenshot a map and draw an arrow.

    The update brings additional camera filters to tweak your photos. To find them, you can now swipe up as you’re taking the shot; swipe down when you’re done. With camera improvements, the iPhone 8 models automatically use an exposure-balancing technology called HDR and no longer save unadjusted versions. You can restore that in the settings, though it’ll use more storage.

    Apple Maps now offers speed limits and lane guidance on highways and indoor maps for some airports and shopping malls.

    And a new feature detects when you’re driving and keeps notifications from appearing on your lock screen, so you’re not tempted to check. You can override that if you’re in the passenger’s seat - or traveling by plane or train, both of which can make the phone think you’re driving.

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    NEW TYPES OF APPS

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  • 10 Ways to Express Love

    Love is a choice as much as it is a feeling or a decision. Those who give love receive love. Recently we have seen research talking about conflict resolution and conflict recovery in terms of lasting romantic relationships. Each of the studies had me rethinking the work of Elizabeth Schoenfeld, a researcher at the University of Texas, Austin, who revealed that men and woman show love through affection – but that each takes a different tact.

    Wives did so “by enacting fewer negative or antagonistic behaviors, husbands showed love by initiating sex, sharing leisure activities, and doing household work together with their wives.” Love Knows No Gender Difference - Health Information – Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

    Ten Ways to Express Love

    Here are 10 ways to express love to your special someone, your friends, family, children. By expressing love we bring ourselves joy knowing that love is not just a Valentine moment, but an ongoing, free flowing experience that enriches our lives.

    Express gratitude. Tell someone how much you appreciate their presence in your life.

    Send flowers for no reason other than to say “Thank you for being you.”

    Set aside time to give the gift of listening. Make a date if you must, in your own home or at a quiet little neighborhood place, for coffee or a drink and just listen to each other’s thoughts.

    Keep anger at bay. During stressful times think of this image. If an ember flies from a fireplace onto your rug, it will burn a hole. Flick it off immediately and the rug is safe.

    Be thoughtfully generous with gifts. Remember what is special about a person in your life and buy gifts that are unique to them. I had to forgo a trip to Paris because it conflicted with a business meeting in San Diego. My sister purchased a designer umbrella picturing the Seine, the Pont Neuf, and the Eiffel Tower as a reminder that there will always be another time for Paris.

    Order fortune cookies with love sayings or Italian Baci candies with love notes and keep a glass jar in your home filled with them. You might also intersperse with gratitude sayings.

    Offer an act of kindness. Say to your love or someone you care about, “What can I do for you today that will make your life easier and less stressful?” Then do it.

    Write a note and send it via the U.S. Mail. Here’s a simple start: “I am so grateful that you are in my life. I love you for a million reasons. Here are the top three.”

    Make time to be together for events that bring you both pleasure.

    Be forgiving. We all have quirks. When one surfaces that makes you want to scream, either gently say something or switch to the positive-quality channel.

    In the book, “Around the Year with Emmet Fox: A Book of Daily Readings,” Fox challenges us to make this commitment by saying: “I have chosen the path of Love. My own heart is to be my workshop, my laboratory, my great enterprise, and love is to be my contribution to humanity.”

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  • Blood clot risk -- and other problems -- might be tied to how tall you are

    CNN)How tall you are might hold clues to your risk of various health problems, such as blood clots, according to a new study.

    Height can be an independent predictor of your risk for venous thromboembolism, or VTE, also known as blood clots, according to the study, published Tuesday in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics.

    That blood clot risk was lowest among the shortest women and men and appeared to increase with height, the research showed.
    "Height is not something we can do anything about," lead study author Dr. Bengt Zöller, associate professor at Lund University and Malmö University Hospital in Sweden, said in a news release.

    "However, the height in the population has increased, and continues increasing, which could be contributing to the fact that the incidence of thrombosis has increased," he said. "I think we should start to include height in risk assessment just as overweight, although formal studies are needed to determine exactly how height interacts with inherited blood disorders and other conditions."

    In the United States, blood clots are thought to kill about 60,000 to 100,000 people annually, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Across Europe, there are an estimated 500,000 deaths related to blood clots each year, according to a 2014 review paper in the journal Thrombosis Research.

    The risk of blood clots isn't the only health concern that has been tied to height: Cancer, heart problems, gestational diabetes and even longevity have been linked with stature.

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