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Dethroned Miss Akwa Ibom Teen tenders apology on juvenile act

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In reaction to her dethronement as Miss Akwa Ibom 2017 and excommunication from the Akwa Ibom Teenagers Forum, Miss Abasiodiong Eyo has offered a public apology on her recent juvenile exuberance, and also expressed deep regrets on the outcome of what she said was donewith the clearest of intentions

Recall that yesterday, the said Miss was at the center of a public scandal after posting semi-nude photos of herself on her birthday – a situation which caused a lot of stir on social media.

Read her apology below;

 

“AN APOLOGY LETTER FROM MY SUBCONSCIOUS MIND.

…”In a dilemma such as which I see myself, one would be lost on who to chose between the Devil & Deep Blue Sea.
I CHOSE THE DEEP BLUE SEA”.

I, Miss Abasiodiong Eyo Inyang who until my dethronement few days ago was MISS TEENS 2017/18 deeply apologies over my negative behaviour lately. 
Few days ago i added another year to my age & i thought it wise to embark on a photoshoot, I decided to post my “Half Nude” pictures taken with the clearest of intentions. 
Not knowing I would be misunderstood!

And so, I apologize to organisers of the “Miss Teens Pageant” whose crown I bore… 
To teenagers across boards who are victims because of how they dress… 
To Akwa Ibomites who I let down… 
To parents, family, School & friends… 
Please, from the deepest recesses of my heart, i plead for FORGIVENESS.

The past few days have been hell for me, so depressed & so hard on me regarding the fact i was a serving queen & shouldn’t indulge on negative trends. It hurts & sincerely, I have never felt this way in my entire life, and I just can not control it.

I never meant to bring disrespect to the world of Pagentry or modelling professions, my intention was not to belittled the crown or insult fellow queens. No… Far from it.

MY REGRETS:
1.) Not being asked WHY but being judged by ALL without an opportunity for fair hearing.

2.) Not being allowed to face a panel on my suitability to continue as a TEEN AMBASSADOR before being banished.

3.) Not being asked the motive behind my actions.

4.) Not given a chance/opportunity to atone & plead for forgiveness.

5.) Being chastised, condemned & treated as an infidel over a mistake i should have been corrected with kid gloves.

Notwithstanding,
I am sorry for what I did yesterday, I am sorry for what I did today and what I’ll do tomorrow. 
I know I could apologize for days on end but it may not eliminate your thoughts on me but i take solace on God Almighty & on his grace i continually seek strength to endure the pain i currently face. 
Knowing my actions upset many tremendously,
PLEASE I AM DEEPLY SORRY. 
My fault, I AM HUMAN & NOT A SAINT WITHOUT BLAME.

Dear Friends,
Help me if you will “Not to drown in this 
DEEP BLUE SEA”.
We Teens must grow, and Thrive, for a better tomorrow.
As a child raised from a christian home, i seek for forgiveness from all who i must have offended, i am not entirely perfect so let me not be crucified over an ignorance i now regret.
It is my fervent supplications to God that my apology over this sad episode of my life be ACCEPTED by all who i offended by this ugly incidence.
Once again, I AM DEEPLY SORRY, PLEASE ACCEPT ME BACK AS I AM.

God bless you all.

Miss Abasiodiong Eyo Inyang

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Nigeria records over a million unwanted pregnancies, 735,000 unsafe abortions in 2018

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The 2018 global family planning report revealed that Nigeria has recorded over 1.3 million unwanted pregnancies in 2018.

The report, which was unveiled at the ongoing International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) in Kigali, also indicates that 735,000 unsafe abortions happened in Nigeria during the year.

Unintended pregnancies, according to the family planning report are “the number of pregnancies that occurred at a time when women (and their partners) either did not want additional children or wanted to delay the next birth”.

It is “usually measured with regard to last or recent pregnancies, including current pregnancies”.

The same report revealed that only 13.8 per cent of women aged 15-49 are using modern contraceptive methods in Nigeria, while one-in-four married women aged 15-49 have unmet need for modern contraception.

Contraceptives are methods, devices or drugs used among sexually active people for birth control.

According to the report, Nigeria’s domestic spending on family planning is worth $8.5 million (2016) as compared to $19 million in Kenya and $8.1 million in Burkina Faso.

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‘Contraceptives usage on the rise in Nigeria’

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A report by Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) has shown that more Nigerian women have adopted contraceptives to prevent unwanted pregnancies and abortions.The report was released yesterday by an international global partnership for the rights of women and girls to freely decide whether, when, and how many children they want to have.

It revealed that there has been over 1.7 million additional users of modern contraception in Nigeria since 2012, as the Federal Gvernment works to expand family planning services.

The report entitled: “FP2020: Catalysing Collaboration” shows that modern methods of contraception have prevented over 2 million unintended pregnancies and 735,000 unsafe abortions between July 2017 and July 2018.

According to the finding, despite the huge progress, only 13.8 per cent of women aged 15-49 are using modern contraception in Nigeria, while one-in-four married women aged 15-49 have unmet need for modern contraception.

Contraceptive are methods, devices or drugs used among sexually active people for birth control.

The report showed Nigeria’s domestic spending on family planning to be worth $8.5 million (2016) as compared to $19 million in Kenya and $8.1 million in Burkina Faso.

It urged government increased funding on family planning to tackle the menace of overpopulation that poses a threat to swift growth and national development.

Executive Director of Family Planning 2020, Beth Schlachter, noted that women represent half the global population, and there can be no healthy population globally, or in Nigeria without reproductive health care.

“As we continue to build the framework for Universal Health Coverage (UHC), we must ensure access to full, free, voluntary contraception is included for all women and girls. As countries build UHC strategies, rights-based family planning and SRHR services must be integrated within primary health care systems,”she said.

She explained that rights-based family planning is a catalyst that unlocks the potential of girls and women in Nigeria and around the world.

Schlachter added that the goal of the body is to ensure that each one is able to exercise her basic rights to self-determination, health, dignity, and equality.

“This is a core strategy for countries to improve the health and well being of their citizens and economy,” she added.

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How mobile phones cause cancer, depression

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There is now ‘clear evidence’ that cell phone radiation can cause cancers of the heart, brain and adrenal glands, a landmark United States (U.S.) National Institutes of Health (NIH) study warns.

A final report, released last week, confirms the preliminary findings that were released in 2016 after scientists were alarmed by early indications that cell radiation may be carcinogenic.

Although the tests were done on rodents at levels much higher than humans are currently exposed to, the link between cell phones and cancer in male rats was undeniable.

For female rats and mice of both sexes, the evidence was less clear as to whether cancers observed were associated with signal exposure.

Still, scientists warn that the new research suggests that men in particular should take precautions to minimize the exposure of sensitive areas to cell phone radiation.

Senior scientist Dr. John Bucher at the National Toxicology Program (NTP) in Durham, North Carolina said: “The exposures used in the studies cannot be compared directly to the exposure that humans experience when using a cell phone.

“In our studies, rats and mice received radio frequency radiation (RFR) across their whole bodies.

“By contrast, people are mostly exposed in specific local tissues close to where they hold the phone.

“In addition, the exposure levels and durations in our studies were greater than what people experience.”

The finding was the result of a $30 million 10-year study to assess the health effects in animals exposed to RFR with modulations used in 2G and 3G cell phones.

The final reports represent the consensus of NTP and a panel of external scientific experts who reviewed the studies in March after draft reports were issued in February.

Bucher explained: “Cell phones utilize a specific type of radio waves, or radio frequency radiation (RFR), to transmit between the devices and the network.

“Exposure of people to RFR occurs primarily through use of cell phones and other wireless devices.”

The newly-published study focused on 2G and 3G technology. Now, cell service companies have moved on up to 4G, LTE and are rolling out 5G.

Though newer phones are equipped to communicate through these frequencies, the researchers say the new study’s finding’s still shed worrying light on what our technologies do to our bodies.

“While newer technologies have continued to evolve, it is important to note that these technologies have not completely replaced the older technologies,” said Bucher.

“In fact, today’s phones are very complex in that they contain several antennas, for Wi-Fi, GPS, 2G/3G bands, etc. The results of these studies remain relevant to current exposures, although the power levels of the exposures were much higher than typical patterns of human use.”

The lowest exposure level used in the studies was equal to the maximum local tissue exposure currently allowed for mobile phone users but this power level rarely occurs with typical use.

The highest exposure level in the studies was four times higher than the maximum power level permitted in our cell phones.

Bucher, his team, and outside experts that they consulted about the study agree that this report represents the most solid evidence to-date that the link between cell phone radiation and the tumors they saw in rats is real.

“A major strength of our studies is that we were able to control exactly how much radio frequency radiation the animals received – something that’s not possible when studying human cell phone use, which has often relied on questionnaires,” said Bucher.

Exposure to RFR began in the womb for rats and at five to six weeks old for mice, and continued for up to two years, or most of their natural lifetime.

The RFR exposure was intermittent, 10 minutes on and 10 minutes off, totalling about nine hours each day.

RFR levels ranged from 1.5 to 6 watts per kilogramme in rats, and 2.5 to 10 watts per kilogram in mice.

These studies did not investigate the types of RFR used for Wi-Fi or 5G networks, which may have very different health effects.

Future studies will focus on developing measurable physical indicators, or biomarkers, of potential effects from RFR.

These may include changes in metrics like DNA damage in exposed tissues, which can be detected much sooner than cancer.

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Hot tea increases cancer risk, study warns

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Drinking hot or burning hot tea is associated with an increased risk for esophageal cancer when combined with excessive alcohol or tobacco use, a recent study showed, AFP reports.

The study, published in the medical journal Annals of Internal Medicine, was conducted by Chinese researchers from the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Peking University.

The study collected data from a total of 456,155 Chinese participants aged between 30 and 79 and lasted for an average period of more than nine years.

By 2015, it found that 1,731 people who didn’t have cancer at the initiation of the study were diagnosed with esophageal cancer.

“High-temperature tea drinking combined with either alcohol consumption or smoking was associated with a greater risk for esophageal cancer than hot tea drinking alone,” said the study.

People who drank both burning hot tea and more than a standard serving of 15g of alcohol daily were five times as likely to develop esophageal cancer than those who drank tea and alcohol less frequently, the study showed.

Likewise, it said, current smokers who drank burning hot tea daily were twice as likely to develop cancer.

Hot beverages at temperatures above 65 degrees Celsius could impair the barrier function of the cells lining one’s gullet, or food pipe, thus making it more vulnerable to cancer-causing agents or existing inflammation, CNN quoted Neal Freedman, a senior investigator at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, as saying.

However, the study said no increase in esophageal cancer risk was seen among participants who drank hot tea if they did not drink more than 15g of alcohol daily and smoke tobacco.

In fact, early clinical studies suggest that polyphenols, the natural plant compounds found in tea, may play an important role in the prevention of cancer, as researchers believe that polyphenols help kill cancerous cells and stop them from growing, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.

In that sense, tea lovers need not give up their hobby so long as they consume tea at temperatures below 65 degrees Celsius and avoid excessive alcohol or tobacco use.

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