New ICT regulations could limit innovations

For many, social media taxing has turned out to be a big blow towards their day to day online lifestyle. From an innovator’s point of view, online media taxing and the current proposed ICT regulations may clearly hinder any future ICT innovations.

Many successful startups in Uganda including the popular Boda hailing service Safeboda have all grown support and exposure through the old tax free system. But, with the new proposed ICT regulations, innovators may seize to have a broad ground to showcase and develop new brilliant solutions.

During last year’s Uganda Communications Commission’s (UCC) hack for transport Hackathon. Hackers used opensource tools like the IBM cloud-based Bluemix platform to develop and come up with fresh new solutions. Which is, by the way, an online opensource tax-free developers tool.

While Quick Tap emerged winners of UCC’s three-day hackathon after successfully pitching the best transport solution with a whole lot of support promised to them by UCC. We have never received takeover news about the startup in this daily age even when it was a Safeboda sort of competitor.

UCC through this expressed support for innovations in Uganda. But then, with the proposed ICT regulations young innovators may ditch their ideas since the internet is a core tool for research and development. With taxation of some of the core services that turn the internet into a fun spiced research zone. Innovations in Uganda can turn into a historical kind of progression with only uptown developers paving way for better solutions.

According to a new study about the financial technology sector.The financial deepening sector (FSD) has grown to about 65% in the last 7 years in East Africa alone.

However, with factors limiting the rate of innovations and development. The rate will depreciate hence limiting the number of creative minds willing to put their skills at stake for better innovative ideas. Therefore, while Government is set to Tax social media and online media platforms. Innovators will no longer have greener pastures to develop new startups in Uganda.

 

~Techjaja

Ernestine Shepherd at 81, is the oldest female body builder

It would be an understatement to say that Ernestine Shepherd is in better condition than most people. The 81-year-old bodybuilder lives by the words “determined, dedicated and disciplined” to stay in the best health possible.

Yes. You heard that right. Ernestine Shepherd works out every day. But this was not always the case.

“Earlier in life, I really did not think too much about eating correctly nor exercising, but as time went on, my mind changed completely,” she says.

One day she went out shopping with her sister, Mildred Blackwell. Shepherd tried on a swimsuit. She says she did not like how it fit her. She says both women realized they were out of shape.

Blackwell suggested the sisters take a fitness class to lose weight and get in shape. So at age 56, alongside her sister, Shepherd started to exercise.

She says her sister inspired her to do more than just exercise.

“My sister was instrumental in getting me started to lift weights and to try to become a bodybuilder.”

Then, in 1992, Mildred Blackwell died suddenly of a brain aneurysm. Ernestine says the loss deepened her commitment to good health. She promised to continue training as a bodybuilder to honor her sister’s memory.

“After my sister’s death I first couldn’t really do too much of anything. I was just so upset about her death. But then finally I got myself together, decided that I would start working out and I started working out with a friend by the name of Raymond Day. And we worked out three days a week.”

Later, Ernestine invested in a personal trainer.

“My trainer, the former Mr. Universe Yohnnie Shambourger, he worked me and got me into shape,” she says. Then after training with Yohnnie Shambourger I did my first bodybuilding show.”

And, she won her very first competition.

A call from the Guinness Book of World Records followed a short time later.

“Yohnnie got a call from the Guinness Book of World Records stating they thought I was the oldest female competitive bodybuilding in the world, but they would have to check it,” Shepherd says.

Ernestine Shepherd holds the 2010 and 2011 title in the Guinness World Records as the World’s Oldest Performing Female Bodybuilder.

Shepherd runs every morning. She lifts weights three times a week. She says she keeps a balanced diet of proteins and carbohydrates such as chicken and rice. She also drinks lots of water.

And she gets support from Collin, her husband of 53 years. He helps prepare her seven small meals a day.

Shepherd says her lifestyle changes cured her of several health conditions.

“Physical activity in my later years has helped me, because at one time I suffered with high blood pressure, panic attacks, acid reflux. Oh, you name it. I had it. After I started working out everything changed for me. No more high blood pressure medicine. No more panic attacks. No more acid reflux. Exercise is not work, it’s fun. It’s a joy.”

Shepherd still competes in body building events. She works as a fitness trainer and a professional model. She also wrote a book, “Determined, Dedicated and Disciplined To Be Fit,”

Shepherd says she wanted to let people know, especially older people, that it is not too late to get healthy.

And, the author shares a secret about aging.

“If ever there was an anti-aging pill you will have to call it exercise.”

 

 

~VOA

Wash your new clothes to avoid infections

When buying a new piece of clothing, you probably think you can get away with wearing it right away, without a proper wash, because only a few people have tried it on. Think again.

According to Philip Tierno, professor of microbiology and pathology at New York University, the number of people who have tried on that blouse you bought or that dress you decided to splurge on might actually be a lot higher than you think.

“It’s not four or five or six people; it’s dozens and dozens … if that garment sits there for weeks or a month,” he said.

Of course, that number depends on many factors, such as the size of the store and the speed at which an item sells. But do you really want to wear something that even one stranger has tried on?

Tierno has conducted studies in which he tested clothing (blouses, pants, dresses, swimsuits, underwear, etc.) from popular chain stores and high-end fashion businesses for bacteria and other germs left behind by shoppers who tried an item on but didn’t buy it. In his research, he’s found clothing with norovirus, bacteria including strep and staph, and even fecal germs.

Tierno said there are three main ways we spread germs: from our skin, respiratory tree (think mouth and nose) and anus. If you touch clothing that has germs on it and then touch your mouth, eyes or nose, you’re putting yourself at risk.

To be clear, that risk is “very low” when it comes to getting a significant infection, according to Tierno. Still, the possibility is there, especially if you have broken skin from a cut.

He added that, germs aside, many clothing items are also treated with chemical-finishing agents and dyes that can irritate the skin, which gives you another reason to head to the laundry room before wearing your new look.

Dr. Meghan Feely, a board-certified dermatologist who practices in New Jersey and Manhattan, is familiar with chemicals in clothing that can cause reactions. She often treats clients who have contact dermatitis and helps them determine the origin of their rashes and other irritations, including if it’s an allergic reaction.

 She said that these irritations can occur within hours or days of exposure to clothes that have been “washed with a particular detergent or processed with a particular chemical additive, dye, resin or tanning agent” before being put in stores. For example, she has seen formaldehyde, which is used in “wrinkle-free” clothing, cause allergic reactions in clients.

She told us that if the reaction is because of an allergy, washing can help, but the clothing should likely not be worn again. For other reactions, there are some chemicals you might want to avoid altogether or might require multiple washings or specific cleaning products, so it’s important to do your research on different clothing brands and what chemicals they might use.

Feely recommends using a detergent and fabric softener that are fragrance-free and dye-free. “Run the wash through an extra rinse cycle to help wash off these detergents,” she said.

Tierno agreed that it’s a good idea to send new clothing through a washer and dryer cycle or have them dry-cleaned, depending on the item. “Obviously you’re not going to subject a silk garment to your washing machine,” he said. “You’ve got to use common sense also.”

Dr. Krista Lauer, national medical director for Larada Sciences and Lice Clinics of America, echoed Feely’s and Tierno’s concerns about cleaning new clothes and added that trying on hats has its own risk: Head lice, typically spread from direct head-to-head contact, can also be transmitted when trying on a hat that someone with lice had tried on.

Again, when trying on clothes, the risk of infecting yourself with something serious isn’t alarming, but it’s easy to protect yourself. It’s best to wash your hands properly after a fitting room session, especially before you eat, drink or touch your face.

Wearing that new outfit will come soon enough. And it’ll look even better without a rash as an accessory.

~Haffington post

Capital FM partners with Abryans to bring you the biggest fashion event in Uganda

Capital FM is the official radio partner of the 2017 Abryans Style and Fashion Awards 2017.

Wordsmiths from the golden literary eon coined the notion that; ‘class gravitates towards class.’ And they were right. Because indeed, with affluence comes pride. Such was the case when Uganda’s finest English Speaking radio station, Capital FM (on frequency 91.3,) together with its sister radio, Beat FM, joined the list of sponsors at the forthcoming Abryanz and Style Fashion Awards (ASFAS.)

During a mini press brief about the partnership on Thursday, Capital FM General Manager Peter Mungoma referred to the ASFA’s as a phenomenal venture.
“We are excited to be part of a ceremony that attracts a youthful audience. The ASFAS resonate with our audience, the youthful population that loves style, fashion and flamboyance. We will thus use this opportunity to help the continent celebrate the individuals that have flourished in the different institutes of fashion,” relayed an ecstatic Peter Mungoma.

The mini press brief that took place at the Capital FM premises at Kisementi also had celebrated TV and radio presenter Katongole Omutongole, currently of Beat FM, relay his excitement about the new partnership.
“Beat FM is undoubtedly the best Luganda speaking radio station in the country right now. And even when our audience is not exactly the type you’d call fashion savvy, they are excited and willing to learn about trends. They will be excited to learn about fashion and be in an environment full of people that exude such oomph. It is an opportunity we won’t take for granted,” explained Katongole.

Capital Fm joins a list of sponsors like Ciroc Premium Vodka, NTV, , KCCA, Bell Jamz, Uganda Police, Pemba Sports Africa, Sky Beach Freedom City, Fenon Events, Joram Model Management, MuleyiPr that are supporting the process of organization of the forthcoming Abryanz Style and Fashion awards that are due for 8th December 2017.

 

 

19 year old set to jail over ritual sacrifice

By Sania Babirye

A 19 year old man Kawele Abdul who killed his brother in a ritual sacrifice to get rich in Mukono district in 2015  has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.  Kawele has been sentenced by high court Judge Margret Mutonyi after she  found him guilty of murder.

He was convicted alongside his elder  brother Ndide Halida and a traditional  doctor Senfuma Andul who has since passed on after committing suicide.

Earlier on the same judge sentenced Halida to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to the offense  while Senfuma commited suicide by running into a moving vehicle when they were being arrested.

While sentencing him the judge ruled that the sentence was to serve as a deterrent  to people who engage in human sacrifice to enrich themselves.

The victim Ibrah Nbarangu was 24 years old by the time he was sacrificed.

They committed the offense on the 10th of October 2015 in Busukuma Wakiso district.

They are said to have taken the victim at river  Rwajari in Goma Mukono district were they stabbed  him to death in a ritual sacrifice to enrich themselves.

Unbelieveable! Michelle reveals,Obama wore the same Tuxedo for state dinners for 8 years

Former first lady Michelle Obama revealed during a candid conversation that her husband wore the same tuxedo for all eight years of his presidency during state dinners.
The mother-of-two shared the enlightening tidbit during her appearance at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California on Tuesday.
The 53-year-old Chicago native noted how she was photographed and scrutinized year in and year out for the dresses and accessories she sported for state dinners as they were highly publicized events.

But she said the former president easily got away with wearing the same outfit every year to state dinners.
‘This is the unfair thing — you talk about Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers — no matter what we do, he puts on that same tux,’ she said.
‘Now, people take pictures of the shoes I wear, the bracelets, the necklace — they didn’t comment that for eight years he wore the same tux, same shoes.’
She continued, ‘And he was proud of it too. He’s like, ‘Mmm, I’m ready. I’m ready in 10 minutes. How long did it take you?’ I’m like, ‘Get out of here.’ ‘

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The Harvard Law School graduate also shared the story behind the viral photo of her adjusting his bow tie just before they welcomed Chinese President Xi Jinping and wife Peng Liyuan during a state visit in September 2015 to the White House.
She recalled that while waiting to greet the Chinese president and his wife at the North Portico of the White House, they were being photographed by ‘about 100 press people’.
‘So we’re standing there waiting for the cars to roll in … and I was bored,’ she admitted.
‘So I sort of thought, let me make sure my husband looks good.’

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During the private Q-and-A session with Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives, the former first lady also discussed several issues, including diversity in tech, STEM education, innovation and leadership.
‘We (in the U.S.) have been teaching math and science the same way for too long,’ Obama said. ‘How do we get them to loves these topics at (ages) 10 and 11?’
She said that the absence of girls and women in the so-called STEM fields has a deleterious affect on the tech industry.
‘I’m very passionate about girls education, and we still have a long way to go on equality and access,’ Obama stated.
‘We have to teach young girls they are smart and can compete.’

 

 

-Dailymail

Good sleep will help you cut that weight you are struggling with

Trucker-turned-fitness-instructor Siphiwe Baleka is sleeping better and getting his body in shape for the long haul. The founder of Fitness Trucking discovered his niche training truck drivers to get in shape and improve their health.

Devastated after failing to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials when he was a competitive swimmer at Yale University, Baleka dropped out of school and spent the next 15 years traveling the world. In 2008, the athlete became a long-haul truck driver. The job allowed him to make a steady income while satisfying his urge to travel. But the sedentary occupation caused the former swimmer to put on 15 pounds in just two months.

“For most of my life I was very fit and [had] great abs,” Baleka told NBC News BETTER. “[I] would look in the mirror [and] was very proud of my body. Now all of a sudden I’ve got love handles.'”Trucker-turned-fitness-instructor Siphiwe BalekaBrooke Partridge

To get back in shape, the trucker worked out at rest stops, gas stations and parks on his downtime.

“I started to think, ‘Hey, there is a fitness and nutrition program for everyone in America except long-haul truck drivers,” he said.

Getting back in shape inspired Baleka to found Fitness Trucking, an award-winning fitness program for truck drivers. Baleka knew from experience that truckers are faced with a unique set of challenges. According to him, not only are they sedentary for long periods of time, but they lack one of the most vital components of a healthy metabolism: sleep.

The National Sleep Foundation recommends between 7 and 9 hours of sleep for adults. Truckers are among the country’s most sleep deprived, getting less than five hours a night on average, according to Baleka.

“You have all these severe limitations and restrictions and with your schedule always changing it throws off your circadian rhythms, [which] has an effect on your hormone production and in particular the hormones that regulate your metabolism,” explained the fitness instructor.

The hormones that regulate hunger are produced while we sleep, according to Baleka. When you don’t get enough sleep, you don’t get enough of the hormones that maintain a healthy, efficient metabolism, he explained.

“Ultimately the result is the circadian rhythms are disrupted, the hormone production is thrown out of whack, and drivers literally lose the ability to regulate their metabolism or their hunger,” he said.

The sleep-deprived put on pounds as these hormonal imbalances throw the metabolic system out of whack, causing them to overeat or skip meals entirely, Baleka said.

Six Steps to Rev Up Your Metabolism While You Sleep

According to the former trucker, you can speed up your metabolism by taking the right steps to improve your night-time habits.

1. Track your sleep

Baleka recommends purchasing a wearable sleep tracker that can help you track your sleep and measure fatigue levels throughout the day.

“Just by being aware of them, you can start to correct and normalize them,” he explained.

2. Create a sleep routine

Going to bed at the same time every night and waking up at the same time every morning establishes a routine for a normal sleep pattern, Baleka said.

“You want to set a routine where you condition your body ahead of that time to know that that’s what’s coming,” he instructed.

3. Power off electronic devices an hour before bedtime

Light-stimulation from electronic devices trick the body into thinking it’s still daylight, according to Baleka. He said it’s important to wean yourself off about an hour before bed.

“The light stimulation is one of the things that can cause people to have difficulty falling asleep. So by turning off the electronic stuff you’re not exposing yourself to those light rays that can keep you up,” he said.

4. Respect the sleep environment

Baleka recommends a zero-electronics policy in the bedroom.

“Take the electronic stuff out of your bedroom and only use your bed for sleeping or sex,” he advised.

5. Keep a book on your nightstand

The fitness instructor recommended a cup of camomile tea —known for its calming effects —and reading a book before hitting the sack.

“For a lot of people you can get one to two pages into a book and you’re knocked out,” he said.

6. Keep it consistent

“You do all of [these steps] and you do them consistently, you will train your body [to think] ‘Hey, when I enter this environment, that’s the signal for me to go to sleep,'” Baleka concluded.

 

-NBC

Regular use of Painkillers could cause you a cardiac attack-Study

Common painkillers such as ibuprofen and naproxen are already known to raise people’s risk of a heart attack. Now a new study shows the risk comes within the first week of using the drugs.

The study doesn’t mean that everyone should avoid taking the pills to treat headaches, lower fevers and reduce aches and pains, but does suggest people who know they have a bigger-than-average heart attack risk should avoid long-term use and high doses, the researchers said.Ibuprofen NBC News

The study involves drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDS for short. They include ibuprofen, sold under brand names like Advil or Motrin; naproxen, like Aleve; as well as prescription arthritis drugs known as COX-2 inhibitors, such as Celebrex.

Tylenol, known generically as acetaminophen, is not an NSAID. The researchers did not look at aspirin, another NSAID commonly prescribed to lower heart attack risk that works in a slightly different manner.

The study also looked at Vioxx, a prescription drug pulled from the market in 2004 after it was shown to raise the risk of strokes and heart attacks.

Michèle Bally of McGill University and colleagues pooled all the studies they could find on NSAIDs and heart attacks. They settled on data covering 446,000 people using NSAIDs, including 385,000 who did not have heart attacks, known medically as myocardial infarctions.

“By studying 61,460 myocardial infarction events in real-world use of NSAIDs, we found that current use of a NSAID is associated with a significantly increased risk of acute myocardial infarction,” they wrote in their report, published in the British Medical Journal.

The risk started within a week and it did not grow with longer use, they found. But the study doesn’t show just how much someone’s risk of having a heart attack is increased.

“This was observed for all traditional NSAIDs, including naproxen,” they added.

Using more than 1,200 mg a day of ibuprofen and 750 mg a day of naproxen was especially dangerous, they found. As expected, Vioxx was especially dangerous.

 

 

-NBC

SnapChat’s nightmare, New whatsapp status feature registers more users

It’s been less than three months since Whatsapp introduced its Snapchat copycat stories feature, and it already has 175 million users thanks to its massive numbers as compared to the competition. This comes as no surprise as Whatsapp has more than 1 billion users around the world. And, looks like Facebook’s strategy of Xeroxing Snapchat’s entire suite of products is having a positive effect — which has resulted in a halt Snapchat’s growth worldwide.

Snapchat has only enjoyed a favorable audience mainly in the US leaving the international audience out of it’s target market. This means when WhatsApp introduced the Stories feature, relatively few international users had been exposed to the stories format before, it seemed reasonable that it could prove popular in WhatsApp. Facebook’s announcement today during an earnings call confirms that, for now at least, it appears to be working.

Its clear that Snapchat faces a strong challenge from Facebook, and the future of the company is uncertain given that it recently issued its IPO. And by February, Snapchat had 161 million daily users.

Also, WhatsApp was down today for two hours.

 

 

-Techjaja

Drop these habits or you die broke

You were born poor, but if you die poor you have yourself to blame. Before you finish reading this article, at least 8 out of 10 people will have done something that contributes to their future poverty. Only 2 out of 10 will have done what is required to remain prosperous in the future. The question you need to ask yourself today is, “I’m I among the lucky 2 or the not-so-lucky 8?”
Here are 6 habits that could easily draw your route-map to a life of perpetual poverty.

1.You focus on linear income instead of passive income

Most people focus on linear income in the name of salary, allowances and one-off payments. Wise men on the other hand focus on passive income in the name of royalties, interest rates, value addition and profit.
Relying on linear income is similar to using buckets to fetch water from the river. With time, you’ll get too old and too tired to transport them to and fro and that means you’ll have to starve for as long as you don’t go to the river.
bucketsRelying on passive income on the other hand is similar to building a pipeline. It may require a lot of work at the beginning but with time, you’ll no longer have to go to the river to get water – the river will come to you and you’ll not starve.
This is the most fundamental principal of wealth creation that most (including you) are oblivious about.

2.You’re still waiting to start your journey of success

Everyone wants to succeed but very few people are willing to step into the cold waters. Do you see the problem here? In the history of the world, no marathon race has ever been won (or even finished) by someone who never left the starting line.
As you’re stuck saying that you have no enough capital to start, someone else is busy making good use of whatever little they have.
As you’re busy lamenting that there are no business ideas, someone else is busy sharpening his innovation claws.
When you’re busy complaining about a problem in your society, someone else is busy thinking how to start a business that solves that problem.
Continue waiting at the starting line and poverty will soon find you there to keep you company.

3.When you earn more you spend more
Consistently raising your expenditure is a good way to accumulate debt and to remain stuck in the echelons of poverty. To stay out of bad debt, you will either need to find a way to earn more or spend less. The first and best option is to find ways to earn more and keep your expenditure constant.
As you know this can only be done by creating multiple streams of income and lot’s of thinking is necessary in that case.
The second option is to simply cut on unnecessary expenses. The money that is saved from these budget cuts could be used for embarking on future investment programs.

4.You complain instead of committing

“Life is too expensive”; “It’s hopeless; I’ll never get out of debt”; “I don’t earn enough money.” Have you ever uttered any of these statements before, or perhaps all of them? Old habits die hard; however, as long as you do nothing to change; then you and your coming generation have a direct ticket to the land of poverty.
Stop complaining and making lame excuses. Instead, take responsibility for your non-productive habits and focus on changing them – then do it!

5.You live for today, hoping tomorrow will care about its worries

In the 1950s a scientist from Harvard University studied the reasons for upward socio-economic mobility. He wanted to know how comes some generations get wealthier while others get poorer. All his research brought him to a single factor that he concluded was more accurate than any other thing in predicting success – he called it “The Time Pespective”.
Time perspective is basically how far you project into the future when you make a decision today. An example of a long-term perspective is when a wise family man buys land or insurance for their child, even though he or she will not need it for the next eighteen years. This is a long-term approach that involves sacrificing in the short term to assure better outcomes in the long-term.
Most people remain poor because their “time perspective” is focused on short-term goals such as meeting basic lifestyle needs, buying luxury items, paying rent etc…are you one of them?

6.You just don’t get it!

The problem is that you keep learning but you don’t get it. You’re educated but you’ve never internalized what your teachers told you. You have knowledge but you don’t want to think too hard how to use it. You’re still stuck at the starting line all along because you don’t want to start small and grow bit by bit from there. You’re still stuck in the lottery mentality hoping that one day you’ll wake up and voila! discover “the newest, incredibly easiest way to get wealth.”

Final Word

Most people remain poor, not because they don’t have the knowledge. Not because they don’t read Kuza Biashara and other business-related articles. But because they don’t LEARN BY DOING. They just don’t get it!
Being wealthy and prosperous requires more than just physical ownership. It is a state of happiness, well-being while wishing the same for others. So while you are working to escape from poverty, remember to be happy along the way!

 

 

-Kuzablog