Parts of your body that you probably don’t wash well

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If want you your body to be squeaky clean, you have to do a whole lot better than rubbing soap on your body.

These are the parts that you should be lathering up regularly to keep them clean, fresh, and free of potentially harmful bacteria.

1. Behind Your Ear

The warm and recessed area of your ears is full of sebaceous glands which secrete sebum that provides an ideal hiding place for Staph aureus and Tinea capitis. If not cleaned daily, may start to produce a musty odour

2. Belly Button

Belly buttons are warm, with nooks and crevices, which make them a great place for bacteria to hide. Swab your belly button daily with a cotton swab soaked in warm, soapy water or alcohol.

If you have a pierced belly button, it’s even more important to wash it regularly to prevent infections.

3. Tongue

A lot of the time, people only think of their teeth and gums when talking about dental hygiene and do not provide enough attention to the tongue, or they think that by using mouthwash, they can get it clean enough.

However, the tongue has lots of little ridges and bumps that can hide bacteria, resulting in bad breath and even tooth damage if not cleaned regularly.

Brush your tongue with your toothbrush while you are brushing your teeth or use a tongue scraper.

4. Scalp

While you may wash your hair regularly, how much attention are you paying to your scalp? While it’s not necessary to wash your hair daily, it is important to scrub and massage your scalp daily to avoid buildup of dead skin cells, that body mites and bacteria feast on.

Massaging your scalp daily with warm water not only increases blood flow but helps to manually remove the dead cells which can lead to dandruff

5. Your Back

Although your back gets wet while you’re standing in the shower, it needs to get much mor attention. You can buy a back scrubber or have your partner wash it for you with an exfoliating bath sponge, loofah, or washcloth at least two to three times a week to reduce the risk of developing skin and soft-tissue infections.

6. Under Your Fingernails

While you most likely wash your hands after using the restroom, but if you’re not scrubbing under your nails, you’re only doing half the job.

Faecal bacteria can set up shop and colonize in the area under your nails, and it is best to soak a cotton swab with warm, soapy water and swabbing it under your nails to gently remove dirt and debris. Keeping nails short can also help prevent bacteria from thriving.

Graduate Trainee Recruitment at Tenaris Nigeria

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Tenaris is the leading global manufacturer and supplier of tubular products and services used in the drilling, completion and production of oil and gas and a leading supplier of tubular products and services used in process and power plants and in specialised industrial and automotive applications.

We invite applications from suitably qualified candidates for the position below:

Job Title: Graduate Trainee -Technical Sales (Global Trainee Program)

Location: Lagos

Employment Type: Full-time

About the Program

Tenaris Global Trainee Programme is a combination of classroom training, e-learning courses and practical on-the-job experience lasting 2 years
During this period the person will be involved into an Induction Camp, together with the other Global Trainees hired from different Countries worldwide.

These four weeks are a great opportunity for networking, learning about the company’s fundamentals and working as a team.

Back from the camp, the rest of the programme is structured around the following main pillars: on-the-job experience in local offices, training, Industrial Program rotation and constant follow-up on the performance.


  • The ideal candidate must be recently graduated in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics other related disciplines.
  • Proficient English level
  • Passion for industrial business and Oil & Gas
  • Proactivity
  • Curious
  • Tenacity
  • Commitment
  • Good team player
  • Excellent communication skills.

Job Experience: less than 2 years

Salary/Benefits: Renumeration is competitive.

Application Closing Date: Not Specified.


Daily habits that are harmful to your health

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There are certain things we consider normal but which are really harmful to our health. Most people have adopted these health hazards into their daily routine without even realising the damage.

  • Constantly staring at a screen all day

Most people constantly stare at a screen all day. First, it’s in the office, and then it’s at home looking down on the phone screen till bedtime. This is very dangerous, and the rays from these screens can cause long term health hazards.

To avoid damaging your eyes, take breaks from looking at any screen of any sort. Take a few minutes to look away from your computer or phone screen.

  • Sitting too much

Frequent sitting can increase the risk of heart disease; worsen mental health and other issues, especially for those who do not get regular exercise. It’s a little hard to change your work lifestyle, but try to move around the office whenever possible, and maybe take a walk after work to have some time spent on your feet.

  • Skipping breakfast

Skipping breakfast or eating breakfast late in the day could raise the risk of heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day as it gets your body started with the appropriate nutrients needed to get through the day successfully. Due to busy schedules, most people skip breakfast. As much as possible, avoid skipping breakfast.

  • Sleeping late

Chronic sleep deprivation can affect your appearance. Over time, it can lead to premature wrinkling and dark circles under the eyes. Lack of sleep can lead to an increase of the stress hormone in the body. Some of the most serious long term potential problems associated with chronic sleep deprivation are high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack, heart failure or stroke.

  • Not taking enough water

Many people don’t realise just how important water really is. The human body is made up of 66 per cent water, and when we lose just a little bit of water through sweat and elimination, and we do not replenish it, it affects our health.

When a person begins to dehydrate, more things happen in the body than just being thirsty; the more liquid in the body is lost, the thicker the blood becomes and the harder the heart muscle must work to pump the blood through the circulatory system.

How to build a nation through science and technology

Galileo Galilei, Michael Servetus, Henry Odenburg, Gerhard Domagk and Albert Einstein. What do all these people have in common? Some will be quick to say that all of them are scientists. Yes, indeed that would be a correct answer. Howbeit, that is not the answer I am looking for this time around. Apart from the fact that all these people are scientists, there is something else that unites them. They were all persecuted and prosecuted for their discoveries and beliefs in the role of science in our world.

Student in a lab

Students in a lab

GALILEO GALILEI: One of the most famous scientists in the world. The Italian physicist and astronomer was put on trial and convicted in 1633 for discovering and claiming that the earth revolves around the sun. Today, that discovery is at the very heart of our existence as a modern civilization. Moreover, the civilization and development of our modern age could be credited largely to the works of Galileo Galilei.



MICHAEL SERVETUS: Servetus was arrested, tortured and burned at the stake in Geneva in 1553, for daring to voice his ideas about reforming Christianity. Servetus was a Spanish Physician, credited with discovering pulmonary circulation. But without him and his discovery, we would not have our modern medicine today.

HENRY ODENBURG (1619-1677): He was credited with founding the Royal Society in London. He was prosecuted and imprisoned for his numerous scientific papers. He was accused of being a spy.

GERHARD DOMAGK (1895-1964): Domagk was a German pathologist and bacteriologist who is credited with the discovery of the first commercially available anti biotic sulfonamide for which he was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1939. He was arrested and prosecuted in Nazi Germany.

ALBERT EINSTEIN (1879- 1955): Einstein was a German Jew, who is known for his discoveries in the area of the general theory of relativity. He was prosecuted by the German Nazi government and eventually moved to the United States of America.

In every generation, people have always paid dearly sometimes with their own lives, just to pass across to the world that they passionately believed in. These men paid a high prize for us to enjoy some of the scientific and technological breakthroughs that we are enjoying today.

However, there has been a big shift in the way our world views science and scientists. Scientists are no longer being arrested or even prosecuted. Scientists in most countries of the world, especially in the advanced countries, are considered to be very important. They are celebrated and appreciated, some of them have even attained the status of national heroes. Obviously, Africa needs to begin to discover our scientists and celebrate them otherwise they will all move to other countries where they will be welcomed and celebrated
According to research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) their contribution over the years to the economy of America has been 2 trillion US dollars. That is a staggering amount of money, not just for a research institute, but even for a nation. If MIT were a nation, it would be the 13th largest economy in the world.

This institute (MIT) alone has generated over 25,000 active companies and employed over 3 million people, all in the US. Friends wait a minute, can you believe that? We are talking here of just one university! What if we talk about 10 universities, 100 universities or 1000 of them? Schools and universities in particular are no longer just centers for learning, they are now the backbones for any economy.

If Nigeria and Africa therefore wish to advance as a nation, science and technology must not be neglected. As seen in the example with MIT, science could actually become one of the backbones of the Nigerian economy.

The significant contribution of science to Australia’s economy was revealed when it was discovered that science alone contributes 145 billion dollars directly to the economy every year. Meaning 11% of Australia’s GDP comes directly from science and technology. The amount that is coming to the GDP through science alone is 2 times what Nigeria is receiving from oil in a year. But the indirect contribution of science to Australia’s economy is 300 billion dollars a year, 23% of their GDP and 4 times the amount Nigeria gets from oil in year.
These statistics go a long way to prove to us that if a small country like Australia can from one sector of the economy, generate 4 times the money oil is giving Nigeria, we don’t have any business depending on oil anymore. Meaning we must get out fast and begin to invest in science and technology.

Even though Nigeria is littered with so called Universities of technology, our results however have not proven that what we have now is working. From all indexes Nigeria is underperforming in the area of science and technology even by Africa’s standards.

According to African Innovation Outlook, South Africa produced in 2010 86,000 scientific papers which equals 37% of the total research of the 19 African countries that participated in the studies. Egypt produced nearly 60, 000, which is 27 % of African output, Nigeria only produced 27,000 which is one third of South Africa’s output.

On the other hand, Nigeria only secured 18 patents in 2010, while South Africa in comparison was able to secure 1000 patents according to World intellectual property organization (WIPO)

The solution in my thinking is that the Nigerian government must make science and technology the new priority and declare a national policy in this regard.

1 Implement the recommendations of the Steve Oronsaye committee, that the way to go forward is science and technology in Nigeria.
2.The second thing I think Nigeria must do is to bring in private sectors to begin to invest in science and technology and especially in research.
3.We must once again go back to the idea of setting up schools for gifted students, especially in the area of science, where young and future scientists can be groomed into greatness.
4.I think our universities especially those of science and technology need to establish exchange programs. Especially with the leading institutions of science like MIT.
5.I believe that our institutes and universities must be encouraged to generate their own funds and revenues from their inventions and ideas. This will make room for healthy competition and cause these universities to be less dependent on federal government funding.

By  Christian Nelson