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Monica Oketch
SEVEN THINGS YOU THINK ARE GERMY – BUT AREN’T

1. Coins

Germs prefer soft, moist environments. "Coins are made of metal, and metal has some antimicrobial properties," says microbiologist Kelly Wroblewski, director of the infectious disease program at the Association of Public Health Laboratories. "They're not a good place for germs to live." In fact, copper, nickel, and silver are antimicrobial, says Gerba. Philip Tierno, director of microbiology and immunology at New York University Langone Medical Center and author of "The Secret Life of Germs," said that just like paper money, which has an antimicrobial coating, coins are dry. "Coinage money like dimes, nickels, quarters, generally don't support bacteria." "Trace metals like silver, nickel, aluminum, and copper don't allow survival of organisms. They're poisonous to organisms."

2. Dog kisses

Slobber can be gross, but it's not necessarily germy. "The dirtiest things around the house are the humans," says Elaine Larson. RN, PhD, associate dean for research at the Columbia University School of Medicine. "Everything has germs on it." But not all germs are created equal. "A human bite is much worse than a dog bite," she adds. "Saliva has antibacterial products in it." And remember the hygiene hypothesis? Kids may get an immune-system boost from exposure to animals. "Children exposed to greater microbial diversity are less likely to have allergies," says Wroblewski. "They exhibit better immune systems."

3. Toilets

"There's more E. coli in the average sink than in the toilet after you flush it," says microbiologist Charles Gerba (aka. Dr. Germ), a professor at the University of Arizona Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Science. The seat is especially clean. "There's usually 200 times more fecal bacteria on a cutting board than on a toilet seat," he adds. (Unfortunately, that's not the case for telephones, remote controls, sponges and dishtowels!)
Because you perceive your toilet as dirty, you're more likely to clean it, says microbiologist Lisa Yakas, a home-product certification project manager at NSF International, a nonprofit public-health organization. "Those areas they don't think about are the ones that get ignored." Still, flush with the toilet lid down to prevent spraying fecal matter (potentially contaminated with E. coli), and stash toothbrushes in a drawer or medicine cabinet, says Yakas.

4. Jewelry

Like coins, jewelry made from real copper, nickel, and silver makes a bad home for germs, says Tierno. That's especially true for silver, which is less likely to be made of a composite and can actually kill germs. (Some bandage companies have even made products with silver nanoparticles as an antiseptic.) The metal prevents germs from replicating and dividing, says Tierno. So feel free to swap silver necklaces with a friend.

5. Backyard

"Dirt is dirty, but that's different from being germy," says Elaine Larson, RN, PhD, associate dean for research at the Columbia University School of Nursing. So what's OK when it comes to kids? According to Larson, "unless there's a lot of poop from animals," crawling around in the grass is perfectly safe. "There are lots of bacteria in your garden, but they're harmless to human health," says Wroblewski. "It's germy, but the germs are not pathogenic."
Watch out for sandboxes, though, "because cats poop in them," says Gerba. "They carry parasites your kids can pick up." If your child has a cut or scrape, keep him or her out of the dirt, which "usually contains large numbers of bacteria," says Tierno. "These ordinarily don't hurt you unless you have an open wound." Sometimes the organisms may even produce antimicrobial results.

6. Doors

Contamination is all about "high-touch surfaces," says Sasha Madison, MPH, manager of infection prevention and control at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Many people keep them open, which means the knobs stay surprisingly clean. "Doorknobs aren't touched as much as people think," says Gerba. And they're usually made of inhospitable metal. "Bacteria and viruses are not going to live there very long," says Wroblewski. One caveat: "The doorknob on the [restroom] entrance has more germs on it than the exit," says Gerba. It turns out that only 67 percent of people rinse their hands with water after using a public washroom, and only one-third of those use soap. Try to steer clear of hand dryers, which can spray around germs.

7. Trashcans

"Bathtubs are germier than trashcans," says Madison. "There are many organisms, but they're not all dangerous." To sterilize your wastebasket, or anything else, use a disinfectant like chlorine bleach, alcohol, and hydrogen peroxide. Experts also recommend killing bacteria in the kitchen, where you may not want the smell of these products, with white distilled vinegar. "It's clear, it leaves a nice shine, and it's safe for pets and children," says Donna Duberg, assistant professor of of clinical Laboratory science at St. Louis University. Trashcans are also generally dry (assuming you use a liner). "Organisms can't survive without water," says Tierno.
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Elvis Otieno
I like the new Manchester United manager, van Gaal. He appears to be so, so serious and determined about success of the club!
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Marco Reus2019 agent fuels Man United rumours

Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus2019 agent has hinted the in-demand star could be on his way to one of European football2019s elite clubs.

The 25-year-old has been linked with a move to Manchester United following Louis van Gaal2019s appointment and is likely to cost over £30m.

Reus has a contract with the German side until 2017 and appears to be open to a switch after his agent Dirk Hebel refused to confirm he would be staying with the club, while fueling the flames of a transfer by saying there had been contact from across Europe, including Barcelona and Real Madrid.

201CMarco would make any big European team stronger,201D Hebel told Bild. 201CThat2019s why it2019s completely normal that a number of these major European teams are interested in signing him.

201CBut his main priority for now is to get back to top fitness and return to the pitch. Everything else is not important at this stage.201D
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Elias Kesef
United Confident of Landing Thomas Vermaelen

Manchester United are said to be confident of successfully swooping for the services of Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen.

Louis van Gaal is desperate to add to his defensive stock after the departures of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand in recent weeks.

Simon Rice of The Independent reports that despite interest from Barcelona, United are confident of sealing a deal for the 28-year-old defender.

Rice quotes the Belgium international as saying: "There has been a lot of speculation, but I can't talk about it because I don't know what is going on."
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Louis Van Gaal Sanctions £45 Million Move for Angel Di Maria

New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is prepared to use a huge amount of his transfer budget to lure Angel di Maria to the club.

Jamie Anderson of the Express writes that the Old Trafford boss will bid £45 million for the Real Madrid attacker to beat Paris Saint-Germain to his signature.

PSG have the constraints of Financial Fair Play and can only offer the Argentina international a loan deal to join them, and Anderson reports that United will flex their financial muscle to push through a deal.

United are now favourites to sign the 26-year-old player and add him to their squad for the new season, per Anderson.
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Napoli to Take Marouane Fellaini

Louis van Gaal is prepared to dispose of the services of Marouane Fellaini2014just one year after arriving at Manchester United.

Ian Herbert of The Independent writes that Napoli are prepared to take the midfielder on-loan and end his Old Trafford nightmare.

The player was David Moyes' primary signing in his first transfer window in charge but he has failed to shine as brightly as he did at Everton.

Herbert explains that the Naples team favour a loan at present due to their tight finances.
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United Willing to Sell Shinji Kagawa

Shinji Kagawa's dream of a fruitful Manchester United career could be over with the club thought to be willing to listen to offers for the player.

Rob Dawson of The Manchester Evening News reports that Louis van Gaal is preparing to reduce the size of the squad at Old Trafford with Kagawa likely to be sacrificed as a result.

It has been an unhappy couple of years for the Japan international since his arrival in English football2014suffering with injury and sustained poor form.

And with LvG using a 5-3-2 system, the midfielder could see his game time significantly reduced further as the manager looks to fit Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney into his formation.
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HAHAAAA..... I LIKE THIS.
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Elvis Otieno   lol! I see it EXPANDING!
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Mary Wanguingari
IN A CLASS

TEACHER: why are you late?

STUDENT: There was a man who lost 1000 Kenyan Shillings

TEACHER: Okay. Were you helping him look for it?

STUDENT: No! I was standing on it.
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Monica Oketch
NOW, TAKE A LOOK AT THIS................
101%
From a strictly mathematical viewpoint:

What Equals 100%?
What does it mean to give MORE than 100%?
Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%?
We have all been in situations where someone wants you to GIVE OVER 100%.

How about ACHIEVING 101%?

What equals 100% in life?

Here's a little mathematical formula that might help answer these questions:

If:

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Is represented as:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26.


If:


H-A-R-D-W-O- R- K

8+1+18+4+23+ 15+18+11 = 98%


And:

K-N-O-W-L-E- D-G-E

11+14+15+23+ 12+5+4+7+ 5 = 96%


But:

A-T-T-I-T-U- D-E

1+20+20+9+20+ 21+4+5 = 100%



THEN, look how far the love of God will take you:



L-O-V-E-O-F- G-O-D

12+15+22+5+15+ 6+7+15+4 = 101%


Therefore, one can conclude with mathematical certainty that:

While Hard Work and Knowledge will get you close, and Attitude will

get you there, It's the Love of God that will put you over the top!
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